What a rise it has been for Jordan Pickford.
Before the World Cup, fans of other countries probably knew very little about Everton and England's number one.
After carving out his name at Sunderland and earning a big-money move to the Toffees, Pickford is now at the forefront of the International goalkeeping community.
His save against Colombia's Carlos Bacca in that famous penalty shootout was memorable and he further enhanced his reputation on Saturday.
To put it simply, no shot-stopper has been in better form for their country in Russia, with Pickford making three outstanding saves vs Sweden to preserve England's 2-0 lead.
He was rightfully awarded the man-of-them-match award after the final whistle.
Pickford looks a real leader between the sticks, passionate for his country and able to keep a level head when needed.
However, his emotions certainly got the better of him at one point during the game against Sweden.
That's because he managed to slightly injure his thumb by accidentally punching his own knee instead of the turf.
“It was a daft injury by myself,” he said after the game.
“I went to punch the floor and ended up punching my knee and hurt my thumb. It was a bit of anger. But I’m a man, not a mouse. I’m fine and I’ll live another day, won’t I?"
What a hero.
Pickford's performances in Russia have proven yet again that Gareth Southgate is a man to trust when he makes a bold call.
Prior to the tournament, the manager made the huge call of omitting Joe Hart and giving Pickford the number one shirt despite never playing a competitive game for England.
At just 24-years-old, it looks as if England have finally found a long-term goalkeeper for the foreseeable future.
Jack Butland and Nick Pope are both very good, but barring any Hart-esque errors from Pickford, the number one jersey is his for as long as he wants.News Now - Sport News