sport news CHRIS SUTTON'S BIG MATCH ANALYSIS: Jordan Pickford was caught flat-footed but ...

sport news CHRIS SUTTON'S BIG MATCH ANALYSIS: Jordan Pickford was caught flat-footed but ...
sport news CHRIS SUTTON'S BIG MATCH ANALYSIS: Jordan Pickford was caught flat-footed but ...

Jordan Pickford had been England’s Iceman at Euro 2020 - so cool, so composed and forever in control.

There was that one sliced attempt at a clearance against Ukraine but other than that, we’d not seen him flapping or making daft decisions. Yet for a period in this first half, Pickford looked all over the place.

One careless moment after 15 minutes saw him give the ball away, leading to a good chance for Martin Braithwaite which deflected wide. 

From the resulting corner, Denmark placed so many players on the goal-line that you could have thrown a coat over the lot.

Jordan Pickford has been ice cool for England but was caught out for Mikkel Damsgaard's shot

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Jordan Pickford has been ice cool for England but was caught out for Mikkel Damsgaard's shot

They wanted to crowd around Pickford and make life difficult, perhaps having identified England’s goalkeeper as someone to target. 

Certainly there was a focus on making set pieces count from the Danish visitors at Wembley. Pickford managed to punch that corner clear, but will have been disappointed with how he was beaten by Mikkel Damsgaard.

It was a great strike from the 21-year-old, in the way he got the ball up and over the wall. But it didn’t fly into the top-left corner. When a free-kick finds the postage stamp, you think, ‘Fair enough’. But this didn’t.

This was central. Maybe that earlier mistake, and conceding this goal, hurt Pickford’s confidence. But he had to remember what an excellent tournament he’s had otherwise.

He had to refocus, especially when England got themselves back into the game.

The free-kick was a great strike but Pickford will still be disappointed after being beaten by it

The free-kick was a great strike but Pickford will still be disappointed after being beaten by it

Harry Kane emphasised what a wonderful all-round player he is, after all the flak he received earlier in this tournament. 

Denmark’s back five were making themselves difficult to beat, with space severely limited, but it wasn’t that Kane was dropping deep into his own half to receive the ball from his centre backs. 

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Instead he was picking up pockets and doing damage

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