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England's Pickford had World Cup shoot-out notes on water bottle

July 6, 2018 12:39 AM
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A water bottle may have helped England end their World Cup penalty shoot-out misery. England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's bottle contained notes on the preferred target target areas of Colombia's players during their last-16 penalty shoot-out, UK media reported on Thursday.

He reportedly received it from goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson and kept it wrapped in a towel during the break following extra-time on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old then saved Carlos Bacca's attempt and Erik Dier followed with the decider as England prevailed 4-3. Pickford said in a post-match interview that only Radamel Falcao placed his shot differently than expected. England's first-ever World Cup shoot-out victory earned them a quarter-finals date with Sweden on Saturday.


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