Sunderland fans just can’t get enough of Jordan Pickford, after their former hero turned into England’s hero on Tuesday night.
Pickford’s big money move to Everton last summer was sort of the beginning of the end for the Black Cats, but fans will never stop loving the locally born stopper.
Pickford was the one silver lining in Sunderland’s relegation season from the top tier, and barring a couple of lapses of concentration has been an absolute beast for Everton.
Despite this, the 24 year-old has been the target of loads of criticism heading into the World Cup, and even Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had a dig at him after Belgium’s 1-0 win over England.
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Pickford rose above all this on Tuesday though, becoming the first England goalkeeper ever to win a penalty shootout in the World Cup, adding to a truly tremendous save he made at the end of normal time.
If anyone was criticising the youngster before the match they certainly aren’t now, and Sunderland fans couldn’t be more proud.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
I’d like to think that we can get ourselves sorted on the pitch – put everything right – get back to the Premier League – be solid – be smart and @JPickford1 came back to us .. it’s going to take years but I’d like him to come back to a better #SAFC and finish his career here.
— IB7™ (@B4RK3R7) July 4, 2018
Pickford, he’s one of our own!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
— Scott Hall (@FGPORRIDGE) July 3, 2018
#Mackem well done Pickford. You did us proud.
— Ian Bowden (@bowdenian1) July 3, 2018
One of our own. Ha’way the lads!
— James Clark-Allan (@JamesClarkAlla1) July 3, 2018
— Smithy (@smithy212178) July 3, 2018
— mike (@Michaelsafc10) July 4, 2018
Could watch them pickford saves over and over again, what a man.
— Max (@MaxSAFC_) July 4, 2018
A swear down if Sunderland, and by extension England, win the World Cup, I’ll get a Jordan Pickford tattoo on the back of me head!
— Butchragueño (@SAFC4LIFEBUTCH) July 3, 2018