Comrade of the Day: Matchday 19

 
04 July 2018, 12:33
Life After Football

If you know anything about English football, you'll know that penalty shoot-outs are the stuff of nightmares.

Despite this being an almighty 15th World Cup that they have competed in, dating all the way back to 1950, England had NEVER before won a penalty shoot-out. Add some extra heartache from the likes of Euro 2004 and Euro 96 into the mix as well, and what you've got is a cocktail of pure dread, disaster and despair every time that the Three Lions step up to the penalty spot.

But yesterday, history was made. With the likes of the Golden Boot hunting Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier scoring, as well as the nerveless 20-year-old, Marcus Rashford, England finally won a World Cup penalty shoot-out. The hero? Well, all of the above, but our Comrade of the Day for Matchday 19 is their goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.

Like many of this young side, this is Pickford's first major tournament and already he has managed to write himself into English football folklore with his penalty-saving heroics. A wonderful one-handed save teed up Eric Dier's winning penalty and cued a chorus of "it's coming home" around a whole nation.

Whether or not football does indeed 'come home' could rely massively on the Everton 'keeper, but with a favourable route to a potential final, Pickford and company have got a nation dreaming of the once unthinkable.

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