Jordan Pickford has become an England hero in the past week with his crucial save in the penalty shoot out against Colombia, followed by his superb performance today against Sweden, with the keeper claiming man of the match. Social media was full of praise for the 24-year-old during England's 2-0 victory, however many of those supporting him were the ones encouraging the idea of Jack Butland starting in goal and later criticising Pickford after the Belgium game.
Whilst a lot of England fans are only just coming to realise just how good Pickford is, it wasn't at all surprising for anyone associated with Sunderland and Jordan Pickford's journey from Washington to Moscow is one that many of us could have predicted.
While a lot of Pickford's England teammates were jetting off to Brazil four years ago for the previous World Cup, Jordan Pickford was signing for Bradford City on loan, having already had spells with Darlington, Alfreton, Burton Albion and Carlisle United. While he will no doubt have dreamed about playing international football, I'm sure he wasn't expecting just what was in store for him in such a short space of time.
Even when England were knocked out of the Euros in 2016 Pickford was yet to make his breakthrough as our first choice keeper. What a huge two years he went on to have.
Following Vito Mannone's injury, the young shotstopper was brought in as replacement and, although we all knew he had promise, I don't think we were quite ready for the brilliance of Jordan Pickford.
In a depressing, horrific season that we all want to forget, Jordan Pickford gave us a few smiles and cheers that our fans deserved. He pulled off some superb saves that were as important as goals, and his distribution is some of the best out there.
It was no surprise when Pickford was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award and, sadly, later made the switch to Merseyside where he continued to impress.
Jordan Pickford has and always will be my favourite footballer and I never had a doubt that he would perform this well at the World Cup, in fact Gareth Southgate would have been making a mistake if he opted for Butland instead. It's always nice to see someone prove everyone wrong and that's exactly what Pickford has done, gaining a huge amount of supporters along the way.
All we need now is for him to lift that trophy next Sunday. #gettheraveon