Thibaut Courtois clarifies comments on Jordan Pickford

Posted July 07, 2018

Belgium No 1 Thibaut Courtois has clarified his comments over Jordan Pickford by insisting he would "never mock" another goalkeeper's height.

Belgium goalkeeper Courtois got involved in a weird spat over his England counterpart when he suggested, because he is taller, he might have saved Adnan Januzaj's victor when the two sides met in the World Cup last week.

Speaking after that game, Courtois had suggested his height advantage over Pickford of around four inches would have seen him save Januzaj's shot.

Kirkland has since publicly called out Courtois for his comments, stating: "I think what people said, especially Courtois, was out of order".

And following Belgium's 2-1 victory versus Brazil to reach the World Cup semi-final, Courtois continued to talk about Pickford by making it clear he thinks the England global is a "great goalkeeper".

"I would have caught it".

'I used my top hand to save the penalty. I did all my research.

Dan Welch tweeted on May 16, a month before the tournament kicked off: "Putting my neck on the line, but if England get to the quarter finals with that squad, I will get the 23 man squad names tattooed on me".

With Belgium through to the semi-finals and England facing Sweden in their quarter-final on Saturday, it remains entirely possible that a rematch between first and second in Group G will be on the cards in the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

Courtois, who made an excellent one-handed stop from Neymar late on, told the BBC : "Can I say one more thing?"

'This thing about Jordan, I want to clarify it because I heard a lot of stuff. I never mocked his height, I want to make that clear.

Former Manchester United flop Adnan Janujaz scored the only goal of the game for the Belgians and afterwards, Courtois criticised Pickford's attempt at keeping the effort out, saying: "The goalkeeper is 10cm smaller than me. I want to make that clear!"