Boro's Taylor: Penalty shoot-out win could be massive

Tommy Taylor
Tommy Taylor

Scarborough Athletic keeper Tommy Taylor feels that England's penalty shoot-out win against Colombia in the round of the last 16 could play a big part in helping their quest for World Cup glory.

Jordan Pickford played a starring role between the sticks in the shoot-out, making a save from Carlos Bacca from the decisive penalty as England booked Saturday's quarter-final fixture against Sweden.

Taylor said: "That penalty shoot-out win will be massive for England because it has proved that they can do it.

"When it comes around to it again, as it might do in the remainder of the competition, the players now know that they can win a penalty shoot-out.

"I'd like to think that we can push on through to the final now, but with such a young squad, to get to the World Cup semi-finals would be a massive achievement.

"Jordan Pickford has played a massive role for England so far, that penalty shoot-out save from Carlos Bacca was just brilliant.

"You only get a split second to make the decision, he guessed right, but to make that save was still so hard to do.

"The level he is playing at you get the background information and it is also about your body positioning.

"He also had luck as well, which is another key thing, and I hope that continues."