Fresh from qualifying for the semi-finals, Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has sought to end the semi-proxy-quarrel currently percolating between he and Jordan Pickford.
An air of unease between the two began to linger when Courtois appeared to rib Pickford over his height after the Red Devil’s group stage win over England.
Pickford was powerless to stop Adnan Januzaj’s winning goal, but that didn’t stop Courtois from weighing in to critique his opposite number’s technique after the match.
The England goalkeeper (Pickford) is 10 centimetres smaller than me. I would have caught it.
He was too busy throwing his legs in the air.
Pickford then exercised his right to reply, saying that he “didn’t care” about Courtois’ comment and reminding us all that he did a rather good job saving Carlos Bacca’s shootout penalty in Moscow a few days later.
Belgium have since sent Brazil out of the tournament to claim a place in the last four and, speaking to the BBC after the final whistle, Courtois attempted to foster peace.
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.
I think he’s a great goalkeeper, he proved it this year. I only said that because he got a touch I would have saved it because I am 15 centimetres taller but I never mocked his height.
He is a great goalkeeper. I want to make that clear.
Right. Sounds contrite enough to us. No harm done.
Can we just go ahead and forget about this whole daft faux-kerfuffle now?