England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has expressed his willingness to take a penalty in a shootout at Euro 2024, although no penalty practice has taken place yet. England’s campaign begins with a match against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday. Pickford was pivotal in England’s World Cup 2018 shootout victory over Colombia and remains the only England goalkeeper to score in a competitive shootout, achieving this feat against Switzerland in the Nations League bronze-medal match in 2019.

Pickford, who plays for Everton, conveyed his readiness to contribute: “If called upon, I’m confident enough that I will take one.” However, he noted that the team’s immediate focus is on the group stage. England also faces defensive concerns with first-choice centre-back Harry Maguire injured and Luke Shaw’s return uncertain. Coach Gareth Southgate emphasized teamwork in addressing defensive strategies. Additionally, Southgate highlighted the versatility of Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield and the significant contributions from key players like Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane.