Jordan Pickford's cheeky England penalty preparation revealed

Charlene Craig
July 6, 2018

England forward Jamie Vardy will have an assessment on a groin injury sustained in their World Cup last-16 penalty shoot-out win over Colombia.

The game peaked with 24.4m linear viewers as goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a fearless save after it looked like England would fall to the inevitable with Jordan Henderson missing his spot kick.

Following qualification to last 8, England will entertain Sweden, though Vardy's availability is in doubt as they bid to progress to the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

The Manchester United legend starred in a video for Eurosport on their Instagram page and began by saying England have broken their penalty curse after beating Colombia in Monday's shootout. The celebrations, however, did not end in the field as Southgate and his boys took to social media to express their delight.

Yes, on paper, this looks like a very winnable tie, but as we know, matches at this stage aren't won on paper and England fans just have to look to the Three Lions' record against Sweden for evidence of that.

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In a bid to ensure opposition number one David Ospina would not catch sight of the cheeky tactic, Pickford wrapped the bottle in a towel.

It also beat England's narrow win over Tunisia, which peaked with 18.3M and a 69% share.

"I am really proud of the way my team played", Southgate said.

He added: "You obviously fear the worst when you miss the penalty but Pickers [Pickford] has done brilliantly with the save so [I'm] just relieved that we got over the line".

It's February 2001 and England have just appointed Sven-Goran Eriksson as their manager after yet another dismal performance at a major football championships.

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"It is all about the set position and I got a hand to it".

"England have got some fantastic players here and some players are going to want to go in a bit hard and try to rough them up a bit", Trippier observed before reiterating his original point.

As a result, the belief back home has grown and grown - World Cup fever has well and truly taken over.

Wilmar Barrios should have seen red for headbutting Henderson in the first half but England kept composure and streetwise attitude against a Colombia side attempting to outfight in the absence of star James Rodriguez.

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