Jordan Henderson was one relived man on Tuesday evening.
When the Liverpool midfielder missed his penalty against Colombia at the World Cup, it seemed as though England were heading towards another shootout exit.
But Colombia failed to capitalise, Mateus Uribe smashing the crossbar and Jordan Pickford saving Carlos Bacca’s attempt.
It was then left to Eric Dier to book England’s place in the quarter-final.
Attitudes towards England’s players have changed and it’s unlikely Jordan Henderson would have been heavily criticised had England lost the shootout.
Ultimately, stepping up to take a penalty in a World Cup takes a great deal of courage.
Yet Henderson is aware that he owes Pickford after his shootout heroics.
Henderson and Pickford's conversation
Henderson and Pickford, who both started their careers at Sunderland, spoke to each other after the win.
When asked what Henderson said to him, the Everton ‘keeper replied: “Aye, he said ‘Well done, you fellow Mackem’.
“I said, ‘Jesus, I’ve helped you out there, Lad!’
“That’s team-mates isn’t it? A bit of craic. We’re together, when one goes down we’ve got to pick them back up.”
Henderson admitted that he will always be in Pickford’s debt.
The midfielder said: “I thanked him and he said, ‘The Mackems stick together’. I can’t thank him enough, I’m forever in his debt.
“He got a bit of criticism last week – undeservedly – so I’m so happy for him to achieve that.
“He made some fantastic saves and I’m delighted for him and for everyone.”
Henderson’s comments highlight the tight-knit bond within Gareth Southgate’s squad.
The England coach has built a side that is ready to go the extra mile for each other.
Pickford’s save from Bacca, diving to his right and keeping the ball out with his left hand, paved the way for Dier to seal England’s first win in a knockout match in 12 years.
The Three Lions, who last reached the semi-final of the World Cup at Italia ’90, face Sweden on Saturday for a place in the final four.