But since then the 6ft Everton goalkeeper has helped England finally win a World Cup penalty shootout against Colombia and produced three world-class saves on his way to a man-of-the-match award against Sweden in the quarter-final.
'It's a special feeling to know that people back home and out here in Russian Federation are enjoying the experience just as much as we are, ' the midfielder said.
England are out of the World Cup after losing 2-1 to Croatia in Moscow tonight, with Mario Mandzukic striking the victor in extra time. We'll just have to assess the bodies.
Now, Liverpool FC midfielder Henderson has admitted that he has been regularly hearing from his club manager during England's World Cup run.
"Southgate understood that he'd go home with two central defenders, so he put three".
Pickford only made his full England debut in November 2017, just seven months before the World Cup in Russian Federation, but he made crucial saves in the team's round-of-16 penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia.
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Doctors, though, said they'll have to remain in the hospital for treatment for at least a week, insisting they can watch the big game on TV.
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"I just keep seeing texts saying, 'Yes England!".
"They've been through a lot".
All of that quartet - Courtois, France's Hugo Lloris, Danijel Subasic of Croatia and Pickford - have a good chance of claiming the Golden Glove award for the tournament's top goalkeeper.
"How many goalies are out of the World Cup?"
"I'll obviously speak to the forwards and tell them what I think", Henderson said.
"I am very close to him at Liverpool and wish him all the best - but, like I say, hopefully that journey for him ends tomorrow".