Jordan Pickford saves the day as England beat Switzerland on penalties

This was a game too far, long before it drifted apologetically into extra time, or culminated in a penalty shootout relatively devoid of tension in the Portuguese sun. It was a fixture which had felt more like a prolonged appeal for the season finally to finish but, in the end, it was claimed by England. Jordan Pickford’s save, diving to his right to push away Josip Drmic’s attempt from the spot, ensured Gareth Southgate’s team have finished an uplifting campaign on a high.

They had come to Guimaraes hoping to secure the inaugural Nations League, of course, and the bag of bronze medals which awaited them back in the dressing room would still feel like an unsatisfactory prize. Yet this team still celebrated prevailing in the shootout – they are making a happy habit of that these days – and, had their slick attacking approach play been accompanied by some bite in front of goal, then this match would have been won at a canter. As it was, it would drag on to subdue even the enthusiasm of those in the stands, a hangover from a slog of a season. At least there was no sting in the tail to endure.

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