Gareth Southgate has chosen England’s penalty takers ahead of their World Cup last-16 clash with Colombia. The Three Lions progressed through to the knockout stages after finishing second in Group G and face Colombia for a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
While Jesse Lingard insisted that England are yet to select their penalty takers, it’s understood Southgate already has five names in mind ahead of the match.
According to he Sunday Mirror, Harry Kane, who scored two first-half penalties against Panama, would take England’s opening spot-kick. And it’s claimed Kieran Trippier would take the second penalty before Jordan Henderson, Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli step up
FA technical director Dan Ashworth revealed back in May that England will change their approach to penalties in Russia. ‘We’ve got a research team on it to come back with some interesting findings,’ Ashworth said. ‘Gareth would joke that he’s hardly the man to lead it. But actually, he is. He’s very insightful and very detailed in his thought processes.
‘When the whistle goes, you’ve got a couple of minutes to prepare, so how do you do that? Where do you do that on the pitch? Who’s involved? Where do you stand as a team during the shoot-out? From where do you begin the walk? ‘Then, when the whistle goes.
There’s been a little bit of research done to show that English players are quick to the ball when the whistle goes. ‘When the referee’s whistle goes, you’ve got as long as you want to take the penalty. As a nation over the years, we’ve been a bit quick. You look at the other nations, they take a bit more time. There are some interesting patterns.’
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