Jordan Pickford's cheat sheet reveals telling advice for Newcastle star Fabian Schar

England's staff rightly predicted where Fabian Schar was going to put his penalty during the Three Lions' shootout win against Switzerland - but the Newcastle United defender still managed to convert his spot-kick.

Jordan Pickford had a cheat sheet strapped to his bottle, which advised the goalkeeper on what side to pick for each taker, after the Euros quarter-final went to penalties following a 1-1 draw. Pickford, who has impressively saved four of the 14 penalties he has faced in shootouts at major tournaments, went on to keep out Switzerland's first spot-kick after smartly delaying Manuel Akanji and diving left to deny the Manchester City defender.

Schar stepped up to take Switzerland's second penalty and the data analysed by England's goalkeeping department and analysts had urged Pickford to 'fake right - dive left'. Schar duly put his penalty to Pickford's left, but the goalkeeper went the other way after faking left and going right.

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England, regardless, went on to win the shootout 5-4 thanks to Pickford's decisive save from Akanji and nerveless penalties from Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Ivan Toney and Trent Alexander-Arnold to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash against the Netherlands.

"The referee didn't let me do my usual process so I had to adapt it tonight because I like to give the lads the ball as a bit of focus for them and a bit of calmness," Pickford said. "Then I had to do my process, but I could only do it on the first one and luckily I saved it.

"I trust my process and what I do with my mentality that I'm going to save at least one for the lads, but I've got to give massive credit to the lads who stepped up and took one. To score all five like that, the way they did, huge credit.

"We've got two lads making two major tournament debuts and then you've got Bukayo coming off the back of 2021 and stepping up. It shows the character in our squad. We've got a quick turnaround, but we're still here. That's what the nation want and that's what we want."