Saving a penalty to help England into the World Cup quarter-finals looked a million miles away when Jordan Pickford made his first-team debut in January 2012.
Pickford attended the St Robert of Newminster Catholic School in Washington before - at the age of just 17 - turning out for Darlington in a 1-0 defeat to Fleetwood in the Blue Square Premier League.
The shot-stopper made 100 appearances during loan spells with the Quakers, Alfreton, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston North End before he was given a chance at the top level by boyhood club Sunderland just two years ago.
Pickford joined Sunderland's Academy when he was eight and progressed through age groups at the club before signing his first professional contract in 2011.
A series of loans followed, starting at Darlington, where he made 17 appearances, and continuing the following season with Conference Premier side Alfreton, where he kept five clean sheets in 12 matches.
Pickford was sent out on loan to League Two Burton at the start of the 2013-14 season, but was recalled by Sunderland after making just three appearances for the Brewers.
However, he returned to Burton in September and made a total of 12 appearances for the club across both spells before again being recalled by Sunderland.
He was an unused substitute 11 times for the Black Cats between November and January, before going back out on loan to League One side Carlisle.
He made 18 appearances for the Cumbrians before agreeing a four-year contract at the Stadium of Light at the end of the season, which tied him to the club until 2018.
A season-long loan in League One with Bradford followed in 2014-15, and the following campaign saw him step up to the Championship with a stint at Preston, before he was recalled by Sunderland in January.
Then, after 100 appearances during his various loan spells, things took off for Pickford.
He was handed his debut by the Black Cats in January 2016 in an FA Cup tie that saw Sunderland beaten 3-1 by Arsenal.
He was given his Premier League debut the following week as Sunderland suffered a 4-1 defeat against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
That Premier League appearance meant Pickford had played in each of the top five leagues in England by the age of 21.
Shortly after his Premier League debut he signed an extension to his Sunderland contract, committing himself to the club until 2020.
He began 2016-17 as understudy to Vito Mannone, but an injury to the Italian opened the door for him, and by the season's end he was one of six players shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
After Sunderland were relegated, he joined Everton on a five-year contract for an initial fee of £25million, which made him the most expensive British goalkeeper in history. Eyebrows were raised - but by few on Wearside.
After representing England from Under-16s to Under-21s, Pickford was given his international debut in a friendly with Germany in November 2017.
He then won a place in the World Cup squad and started against Tunisia, Panama, Belgium and Colombia, with his penalty save from Carlos Bacca in the shootout win over the latter enabling England to advance to a quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday.