England stars Phil Foden and John Stones have revealed that Gareth Southgate has been working overtime with the team to prepare them for a penalty shoot-out against Germany in the last 16 of Euro 2020.
The Three Lions don’t exactly have the best record when it comes to penalties, having lost both of their shoot-outs against Germany in the past. The last meeting came back at Euro 96, when Southgate himself missed the decisive shot.
The build-up to Tuesday’s game has featured a lot of talk about penalties, but England’s stars have confessed that they have been putting in a lot of extra work to prepare themselves if it comes down to a shoot-out.
Firstly, Foden told BBC Sport: “He’s [Southgate] not going to bring that up is he? To be honest I remember him actually saying when he went up to take it the keeper kicked the ball away and he didn’t really practise that routine in his head.
“So I’ve been practising walking from the half-way line to take the penalties so when it comes to the game it feels comfortable for you.