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Saturday 22 September 2018

'Pickford height not an issue'

SUPPORT: Pickford. Pic: Reuters
SUPPORT: Pickford. Pic: Reuters

Former Mexico goalkeeper Jorge Campos has said Jordan Pickford's relative lack of height does not matter at all as he has proven he is one of the best shot-stoppers in the world.

Pickford was criticised by his opposite number Thibaut Courtois for being too short to stop Adnan Januzaj's shot when Belgium beat England 1-0 in their final group-stage game, the Three Lions' only defeat at Russia 2018 so far.

But since then the 6ft Everton goalkeeper has helped England finally win a World Cup penalty shootout against Colombia and produced three world-class saves on his way to a man-of-the-match award against Sweden in the quarter-final.

Campos, who played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, is best remembered for his flamboyant jerseys, ability with the ball at his feet and short stature.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow on the eve of England's semi-final against Croatia, Campos said: "I knew I wasn't tall or strong so I had to be smart.

"How many goalies are out of the World Cup? A lot. But (Pickford) is still here. So I don't care if he's tall or not."

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