To win in such a manner only served to further England fans' belief that "Football's Coming Home" - but there is one man determined to stop that particular reunion.
Captain Radamel Falcao and coach Jose Pekerman led the team's response as they clapped and waved to the fans gathered in their wake. "You know you are standing there and if we don't get through from a game we played so well in, you know you will continue the history and mindset for teams to come", Southgate said. I want to make that clear'.
"I don't put myself under pressure and play in the moment, nothing fazes me".
This thing about Jordan, I want to say and clarify, because I heard a lot of stuff, I never mocked his height, I want to make that clear because I would never mock a height of a goalkeeper.
Pickford's heroics between the sticks has given England a healthy chance to book a semi-final place for the first time since 1990, despite being the joint-shortest goalkeeper left in the tournament.More news: Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns
He added: "We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning".
Pickford said: "I did all my research".
"We are a young side but we're an experienced young side, as daft as that sounds".
England captain is clearly a major asset to newspaper sub-editors as shown by The Daily Star which asks "Can we do it?" But he has rapidly become part of Gareth Southgate's new generation of English talent. The number of touches he has with his feet is exceptionally high. "But the saves Jordan made today at critical times, and his distribution in picking out [Kieran] Trippier with a reverse pass - we need goalkeepers of that ilk moving forward".