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Pickford speaks after stepping up to take a penalty kick for England

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The England goalkeeper scored in the 6-5 victory of his country over Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League Third Place match.

The England national team goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, took a penalty kick in the 6-5 victory over Switzerland this Sunday.

The game was part of the UEFA Nations League Third Place round, and the Everton stopper was able to score from the penalty spot.

“We practice them when there’s a major competition or the Nations League, we practice them consistently,” Pickford told Sky Sports.

“I picked my spot and I always seem to be able to get a goal, but I’ve never taken one in a real game so I was a bit nervous.

He explained: “I think we took (off) Harry Kane and some of the other lads who take penalties so I wasn’t sure where I was in the pecking order, but it’s what you practice for, you practice all the time to make sure you make it easier on the day.”

“It’s all about the routine I would say if you watch the top penalty takers.”

“Harry Kane he’s got his own routine, so you’ve got to create your own routine to make sure everything’s done to perfection,” Pickford said.

“It was a very tough game and I think our character to get through 120 minutes on Thursday and to have to go through another tough game today, 120 minutes and penalties.”

He concluded: “We showed character and belief again and sometimes it’s hard to get up for a game like this but it just shows us where we want to go and how we get better as a team and bounce back.”

“We always say ‘do what it takes to win a game’ and I was a bit nervous taking my pen, but I’m not nervous about saving them.”

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