Thibaut Courtois denies he ever mocked Jordan Pickford for his height

first_img Pickford was unable to keep out Januzaj’s strike In an interview with Belgian media, 6ft 4ins Courtois is reported to have said Pickford is “10cm smaller than me” and he “would have caught” the shot.However, Everton stopper Pickford, who is 6ft 1in, was the hero in England’s last 16 victory over Colombia where he brilliantly saved a Carlos Bacca spot-kick to set the Three Lions up for their first ever victory on penalties at a World Cup.Pickford responded by saying: “I don’t care if I’m not the biggest keeper.”Speaking after the last-16 shootout win over Colombia, Pickford added: “I’ve been criticised for going with my top hand, but as long as you save it, that’s all that counts. Pickford was the star of the show during England’s win on penalties against Colombia 2 Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois has said he “never mocked” England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s height after the two teams played each other in the group stages of the World cup.Pickford received some criticism for conceding Adnan Januzaj’s curling effort as the Red Devils ran out 1-0 winners in their final Group G clash. 2 “I might be young but I have got good mental strength and experience and I used that today.”And speaking after Belgium’s remarkable quarter-final win over Brazil, Courtois, who plies his trade at Chelsea, moved to explain his comments calling his Premier League rival “a great goalkeeper”.Courtois said: “This thing about Jordan – I want to say and clarify it because I heard a lot of stuff. I never mocked his height, I want to make that clear, because I would never mock the height of a goalkeeper.“I only said that, because he got a touch, I would have saved it because I am 15cm taller, but I never mocked his height. He is a great goalkeeper. I want to make that clear.”England face Sweden in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday at 3pm – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.last_img

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