Not since Gordan Banks has an English goalkeeper lifted the World Cup. Banks was the last English goalkeeper to do so back in 1966 when his England side beat West Germany 4-2.
Now Freddie Woodman, who we interviewed not long ago, can call himself a World Cup winner after England beat Venezuela 1-0 in South Korea.
Adalberto Peñaranda was brought down in the seventy-second minute and almost spoilt the match for the England team however this is where Woodman made a name for himself. Despite diving the wrong way Woodman showed terrific agility to get a real strong hand to bat the ball away.
— SPORF (@Sporf) 11 June 2017
The penalty save was not the only bit of quality that Woodman showed during the game. Woodman was quick off his line to save a 1 on 1 and his performances during the whole tournament meant he was the winner of the Golden Glove.
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) June 11, 2017
Fans took to Twitter after the match to show appreciation for the Newcastle goalkeeper.
— Jesse Porter (@JessePorter95) 11 June 2017
— Monas (@lukemonaghaan) 11 June 2017
Freddie Woodman…. you absolute hero
— Kenny Arthur (@KAGoalkeeping) 11 June 2017
England has a strong history of producing top quality goalkeepers and it looks like this tradition is set to continue with Woodman. He will have to do a lot in the next few years if he wants to get a senior call up with the likes of Butland and Pickford ahead of him.
First things first is obviously getting first team football at his domestic club Newcastle who have recently being promoted back to the Premier League. Perhaps the first team is a step too far but after his performances in this tournament a lot of clubs will be chasing for his signature for a potential loan move.