But the Chelsea man was keen to clear the air after it was reported he said Pickford was “too small” to be a top-level ‘keeper.“This thing about Jordan Pickford, I want to make it clear, I never mocked his height, he is a great goalkeeper. I want to make that clear,” the 26-year-old told the BBC.Jordan Pickford saved the penalty that paved the way for England to beat Colombia in a shootout © AFP / Juan MabromataPickford, who is 6 feet 1 inch (185 centimetres) tall, had been criticised for failing to save Adnan Januzaj’s winner when Belgium beat England 1-0 last Thursday top Group G.“I would never do that to another goalkeeper (criticise his height). I just meant that being 15 centimetres taller, I would have got the ball,” he added.It had been suggested that finishing second in the group behind England would have given Belgium an easier passage through the knockout rounds, but Courtois insisted that never crossed the players’ minds.“This team wants to win every game. Against England people said it was better to lose but we won the game, we have confidence in our team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thibaut Courtois denies he poked fun at England ‘keeper Jordan Pickford’s height © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDKAZAN, Russian Federation, Jul 6 – Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said that he did not mock England counterpart Jordan Pickford’s height after their World Cup group-stage match last week.Courtois made a string of fine saves in Kazan on Friday as Belgium secured arguably the greatest result in their history with a 2-1 win over Brazil to reach the semi-finals for only the second time.
Naomh Conail have squeezed past Ardara to book a place in the Senior Championship semi-final this Sunday.The Glenties side went in ahead at the break 0-7 to 0-2 and looked to be in cruise control.When Leon Thompson made it 0-8 to 0-2 after the restart, it could have been curtains for Ardara. However a spirited comeback in the second half culminating in a goal from Ryan Melly gave them a chance.However, Naomh Conail managed to hold their composure to squeeze home on the slimmest of margins on a final scoreline of 0-9 to 1-5.Glenties meet Glenswilly at O’Donnell Park on Sunday in what promises to be a war of attrition. GLENTIES OVERCOME ARDARA CHALLENGE TO MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdarachampionshipNaomh Conail