Jordan Pickford's fantastic penalty secret revealed

Pickford Bottle

Jordan Pickford proves again that he's got the bottle when it comes to shootouts

Jordan Pickford has become something of a national treasure since the World Cup, with his terrific performances and fiery character proving to be endearing to the English public.

The short back and stomping star can do no wrong, with every move seemingly lauded by England supporters. He can even score directly from a corner.

On Thursday night he was in goal for England against the USA, keeping a clean sheet as the Three Lions romped to a comfortable 3-0 victory at Wembley Stadium. Pickford was rarely tested on the night as many expected, though that didn't stop the 24-year-old from doing his homework like he would for a more prestigious fixture.

Eagle-eyed cameramen managed to identify that the England goalkeeper had used his water bottle as a study tool in the case of a penalty being awarded. On it, Pickford had written down each of the preferred sides each potential USA penalty taker tends to go with from 12 yards.

The Everton goalkeeper rose to prominence in the summer when saving Carlos Bacca's penalty in the shootout victory over Colombia and is establishing a reputation as being a specialist from the spot. Look below at some of the best reactions from Twitter.


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