The trick was not enough …
Two days after England’s dramatic final knockout at the European Championships against Italy (3: 4 after penalties) it emerges that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (27) wanted to gain an advantage over the Azzurri shooters.
The photos show how Pickford looks at his drinking bottle with a noticeable concentration before the penalty shoot-out. But not to read the ingredients of his drink!
The goalkeeper stuck two cheat sheets on the bottle with tape beforehand. It shows a list of Italian players and, on the other side, apparently information about their preferred corners.
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Clear to see: the names of Italian players are on Pickford’s bottleFoto: picture alliance / dmg media Licensing
Pickford had already used the bottle trick in the 2018 World Cup round of 16. Back then with success! In the round of 16 England won 5-4 on penalties against Colombia, Pickford saved a penalty.
At the EM this time there were two! Pickford holds against Belotti and Jorginho, seems to become a hero of Wembley thanks to his bottle trick.
But England fails anyway – because England remains England. Shoot three Pickford teammates (Rashford, Sancho, Saka) – even the ingenious bottle trick is not enough.