Jordan Pickford wants to create history after ex-Sunderland star's England heroics
Jordan Pickford says this England team can go and create their own history, after the country reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for just the third time ever.
Washington-born Pickford produced another stunning performance to help the Three Lions to a 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden in the Samara Arena.
Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli sent Gareth Southgate's side through to the last four for the first time since 1990.
The only other time England have played in the semi-final stage was when they won the World Cup in 1966, and Pickford says the current side want to emulate those heroes.
He said: "We have always said to take it game by game.
"We can go and create our own history, but now it is about rest and recovery for the next game.
"It is not going to be easy, but we will work hard enough and our ability should show."
Pickford felt England had shown a mental strength to progress against the battling Swedes.
"We knew it was going to be difficult and what they bring to the party, and we managed it very well," he said on BBC One.
"It just showed how our ability is coming out and also the mental part of our game."
The Everton goalkeeper, who joined the Toffees from Sunderland in a Â£30million deal last summer, made three fantastic second-half saves to keep a clean sheet.
And he paid tribute to the Three Lions support, who were outnumbered in Samara.
He added: "England fans are a different class. When the fans are like that, it makes us even better and so much more relaxed."