Jordan Pickford should be England's No.1 penalty taker from now on
Pickford scored his penalty, then denied Switzerland with a crucial save in the shoot-out
Jordan Pickford was England's hero as Gareth Southgate's men beat Switzerland on penalties to win the third-place play-off in the inaugural Uefa Nations League finals. That Pickford penalty was a sight to behold.
England squandered a number of chances throughout the 90 minutes, but appeared to have won it late on as Callum Wilson - on as a replacement for Harry Kane - nudged home after Dele Alli's header had rebounded off the Swiss cross bar.
However, a VAR review revealed Wilson had fouled a defender during the build-up to the goal. Just as was the case with Jesse Lingard's strike against the Netherlands in the semi-finals, England were denied by VAR.
Gareth Southgate's side's dominance continued in extra-time, where Raheem Sterling came closest with a free-kick which struck the cross-bar.
There was no breakthrough, however, and so the game went to a penalties.
Pickford had smashed home his own penalty prior to the shoot-out going to sudden death, where he turned away Josip Drmic's effort - the twelfth of the shoot-out - to secure victory for England.
Pickford, England’s new penalty taker. pic.twitter.com/iZ4H0B6BQ1
— Niall ㋡ (@niallmoran_) June 9, 2019
Pickford scores then saves a pen. Top lad well done England. 👍 pic.twitter.com/4iIMtlbN8H
— Mark Bishop (@nomadicmark) June 9, 2019
The final of the Nations League will be contested between Portugal and the Netherlands in Porto later on Sunday.