Inside the arena, the lowest number of England fans since the Tunisia game - officially numbering 2,225 - were drowned out by their rivals until after the game, when the players went over to take selfies and share the special moment with them.
Pickford's penalty save from Colombia's Carlos Bacca in the last-16 shootout had demonstrated the 24-year-old's qualities with his performance in Samara, watched by family and friends in the stand, underlying that pedigree.
"I never put myself under any pressure".
The global reputation of English goalkeepers has taken a battering in recent years. but Pickford is reshaping opinions with his standout performances in England's surprising run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russian Federation.
Pickford's heroics between the sticks has given England a healthy chance to book a semi-final place for the first time since 1990, despite being the joint-shortest goalkeeper left in the tournament. Shilton tweeted. "Love his shouting at the defence to organise and motivate them!"
"His speed around the goal today, the saves he made at critical times and generally his distribution, there was some excellent moments picking out (Kieran) Trippier a few times with a reverse pass, able to play through the lines".
Januazaj scored the only goal as Belgium beat England 1-0 in a group encounter in Kaliningrad. "He is the prototype of what the modern goalkeeper should be".
"It just showed how our ability is coming out and also the mental part of our game".
Fresh from qualifying for the semi-finals, Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has sought to end the semi-proxy-quarrel now percolating between he and Jordan Pickford. But the giant Chelsea stopper later clarified that he too is a big fan of Pickford. I think he is a great goalkeeper.
I just meant that being 15 centimetres taller, I would have got the ball, ' he added.
Jordan Henderson's miss didn't seem so devastating the second time around.
"Croatia have got a great midfield and a great striker, but we've got great players all over the pitch, so for me it's going to be England in the final and then I think it will be Belgium".