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Everton goalkeeper Pickford proud to fire England to victory

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was pleased to fire England to victory over Switzerland in the Nations League third place playoff.

Pickford pulled off a spectacular save as the Three Lions won their Nations League third-place play-off against Switzerland on penalties having also scored himself in the shoot-out even though he has never taken a spot-kick before in a game.

The Everton star, who became the first England keeper to take a penalty in a shoot-out, said: “I was a bit nervous taking my penalty, but I'm not nervous saving them.

“We practice them consistently and I always pick my spot and always seem to score, but I had never taken one in a real game. First ever. I took some back in school but I'd never taken one in a competitive football match. So it was a bit more nerve-racking, shall we say? But I got over it!

“I practiced a lot in training in the last three weeks, taking penalties. They might be decisive and everyone has to be ready to take one if it comes to it. The gaffer gave me No5... I relaxed, went through my routine I've been practicing, and stepped up."

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