England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has compared himself to Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois after the Belgian star appeared to criticize the Everton number one in the defeat to Roberto Martinez’s side in the group stage of the World Cup.
Belgium defeated England 1-0 in their final group game to earn the top spot in the standings, with Adnan Januzaj’s strike enough to seal the top spot for the Red Devils.
Pickford was hugely criticized by many for his inability to prevent the ball from going into the net, with some suggesting he went for it with the wrong hand.
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Courtois was of the view that Pickford’s height and technique was the major reason the ball beat the Everton goalkeeper to the net, though he later insisted he was not criticising his counterpart.
Pickford says he paid the comments little heed.
"I would not let that affect me,"
"It is just a game of football. I don't let anything like that [criticism] affect me. I'm just a normal lad. It's only football.
"A lot of people think I am only young, but it is my second season in the Premier League, and I do not feel as if I am far away from guys like that [Courtois].
"I got a lot of games under my belt in the lower leagues, and I don't feel the Premier League or this [England] is that much different. In some way, non-league and League Two was the hard challenge." Pickford told reporters.
England will face Croatia in the semifinals while Belgium will entertain France in the other semifinal clash, England and Belgium have the possibility of meeting again if they both win their semifinal matches.