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Watch Jordan Pickford's in-laws celebrating his England penalty win

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Troy Mann | 07 July, 2018, 21:14

A die-hard England fan whose daughter shares the name of the city in which the Three Lions face Sweden in tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final showdown hopes the coincidence will be a lucky omen. We're together, when one goes down we've got to pick them back up.

England fans at Hitchin's Victoria pub celebrate after Eric Dier scores the winning penalty in the Three Lions' shootout win over Colombia.

Substitute Dier was relieved to see his penalty squirm past David Ospina, after missing a great chance to seal a last-eight spot in extra time.

"To come through all of that - we've spoken to the players about writing their own stories".

With the squad now back at their base camp in Repino, the focus has been firmly shifted onto quarter final opponents Sweden, who England will meet in Samara on Saturday.

Jordan Pickford is now an England hero.

On the decisive save to stop Bacca, the 24-year-old told BBC Radio: "I was in a massive whirlwind but I saved it with my left hand".

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The moments following the penalty shootout.

"I am very proud of him, Everton are proud of him and for me without a shadow of a doubt he is one of the best goalkeepers in the league and in Europe and will only continue to get better".

"We have fantastic supporters who have had to stand with us through decades of disappointment and this was a really special moment for our country", he said at the post-match press conference.

Southgate could have played it safe and kept faith with the experienced Hart, despite his struggles this season, but went with form, and youth, and has been amply vindicated. "It will give us huge belief".

"Every other team in our half of the draw will be thinking exactly the same as us".

Following England's 1-0 loss to Belgium in the final group stage game late last month, the Everton goalkeeper came under fire from a small section of fans for failing to prevent Adnan Januzaj scoring the opener which would turn out to be the game victor.

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