England's Jordan Pickford handed Colombia penalty information on water bottle

Jordan Pickford covered the bottle with a towel when near Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina to keep the notes hidden
Image: Jordan Pickford covered the bottle with a towel when near Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina to keep the notes hidden

England's World Cup hero Jordan Pickford was handed a drinks bottle that had information about Colombia's penalty takers before the last-16 penalty shootout, according to Sky Sources.  

Pickford made the crucial save as he kept out Carlos Bacca's spot-kick, allowing Eric Dier to step up and seal England's place in the World Cup quarter-finals against Sweden on Saturday.

The England 'keeper was aided by vital information that was written on a bottle that detailed where the Colombian players preferred to put their penalties.

Jordan Pickford saves a penalty during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
Image: Jordan Pickford saved a penalty from Carlos Bacca during the shootout

Pickford used the information, and admitted in post-match interviews after the 4-3 penalty win that only Radamael Falcao had placed his shot differently to what he had expected.

The Everton goalkeeper forgot which direction Ferjani Sassi usually opts for, when he scored his penalty for Tunisia in the opening game, and sent Ashley Young to the bench to get a steer from England's goalkeeping coach, Martyn Margetson.

John Stones and Harry Maguire celebrate after Eric Dier scores the decisive penalty to send England through to the 2018 World Cup quarter-final
Image: John Stones and Harry Maguire celebrate after Eric Dier scores the decisive penalty to send England through to the 2018 World Cup quarter-final

Pickford had expected his former Sunderland team-mate Wahbi Khazri to take that spot kick.

Meanwhile, England's quarter-final opponents Sweden are likely to be better acclimatised than England, going into their World Cup clash in Samara, according to Sky Sports News.

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Samara is about 1,200 miles south-east of Repino, and temperatures pitch-side for the afternoon game are forecast to be over 30 Celsius.

Sweden are based in Gelendzhik where temperatures have ranged in the last few weeks between 26-29 Celsius, while England have been training in Zelenogorsk, seven miles from the team hotel in Repino, where temperatures are currently 18 Celsius, and fell as low as 12 Celsius in the lead up to the Colombia game.

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