Written By Albert Echatah

Following their pressure penalties in the Euro 2024 quarterfinal triumph over Switzerland on Saturday, Bukayo Saka and Trent Alexander-Arnold received special praise from former England player Stephen Warnock.

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In the shootout victory, Saka, Alexander-Arnold, Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, and Ivan Toney all scored from the spot, giving Gareth Southgate’s team a perfect record from 12 yards and securing their spot in the final four.

England did have a slight margin for error during the penalty shootout due to Jordan Pickford’s save of Manuel Akanji’s first spot kick for Switzerland, but they were flawless in their precision to win 5-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the 120 minutes before.

“I love the personality shown by him and the character. You can often miss a penalty and feel that pressure, and I know there was a lot of online trolling against him which is massively out of order,” Warnock said.

“To step up and take a penalty under that pressure again… I thought he looked nervous if I’m being honest, stepping up for it, and understandably so, he’s got every right to be nervous and he should be nervous because again, it’s putting yourself in that pressure situation. But to step into that situation is just brilliant.”

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Regarding Alexander-Arnold, Warnock said: “The pressure on him was probably huge, but he didn’t look like that pressure had been on him. He hadn’t missed a penalty like Saka had. I think you could see it in Saka’s face a little bit more, but it was a quite brilliant penalty.

“The technique in it was incredible. If the keeper dives the right way, I don’t think he gets anywhere near it anyway, such is the power and accuracy.”

On Wednesday night in Dortmund, England will lock horns with Netherlands with the hope of advancing to a second straight European final for the first time in their history.

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