On just his seventh global appearance, Pickford became the first England stopper in 20 years to save a penalty at a major tournament. The celebrations, however, did not end in the field as Southgate and his boys took to social media to express their delight.
Is it finally okay to like England? "We are there. We've got to go through a couple of games but we can easily compete".
"Don't just look at Colombia's players but look at England's".
"Everyone gets anxious when a game goes to penalties, and with the record England have in competitions, it's huge in England that they've managed to win the shootout here.it's great for confidence because of England's history", he said.
Marcus Rashford also converted his penalty and after Jordan Henderson's effort was saved, the Tottenham Hotspur pair of Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier stepped up to beat David Ospina while Colombia's final two penalty-takers fluffed their lines.
"He's done well in Germany, but the top four in England are very good sides".
He got a bit of criticism last week, undeservedly, so I am so happy for him to achieve that.
"It's coming home" has become the go-to catchphrase for all England football fans, whether they are avid followers or Wolrd Cup tag-a-longs.
Leicester forward Vardy ended the game with a groin problem which contributed to him not taking one of England's first five penalties.
That was the third penalty awarded to the Three Lions during Russian Federation 2018 and Pekerman criticised England for going to ground too easily before a local journalist put a similar observation to Southgate.