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Watch ITV pundits lose their cool live on TV during England’s nerve-wracking penalty shootout win over Switzerland

GARY NEVILLE, Karen Carney and Joleon Lescott went wild live on air as England beat Switzerland on penalties to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2024.

Gareth Southgate‘s men dramatically sealed their spot in the last four with a 5-3 victory in the shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.

England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the winning penalty kick against Switzerland
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(L-R) ITV pundits Joleon Lescott, Karen Carney and Gary Neville watched the penalties live on air
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The trio went wild after Alexander-Arnold buried the winning penalty
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England will now face Holland in the semi-finals on Wednesday
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Trent Alexander-Arnold stepped up to take the winning kick after Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Ivan Toney had superbly dispatched from 12 yards.

With Jordan Pickford having saved from Manuel Akanji, Liverpool man Alexander-Arnold had the chance to send England into the semis.

And given the match had gone the distance, ITV’s coverage of Holland vs Turkey had already begun.

This meant pundits Neville, Carney and Lescott, along with presenter Laura Woods, were filmed watching the penalties as they unfolded while live on air.

And when Alexander-Arnold sent Yann Sommer the wrong way to win the game, the three analysts screamed with joy.

Moments before, Neville could be heard saying: “Deep breath.”

After victory was secured, he then joked: “Lucky.”

England’s penalty triumph is their second in a shoot-out under Southgate after their victory over Colombia at the 2018 World Cup.

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One key detail to the win was the cheat sheet on Pickford’s water bottle.

The Everton keeper had instructions for each Swiss taker on his bottle – and went the right way for two of the four penalties.



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He saved from Akanji and got desperately close to Xherdan Shaqiri’s strike but could not quite stretch enough to keep it out.

But he revealed after the game how referee Daniele Orsato had prevented him from his usual routine of handing the ball to each of the England penalty takers.

Pickford told ITV: “Firstly, the referee didn’t let me do my usual process so I had to adapt tonight, I like to give the lads a ball for a bit of calm and focus.

“I could only do it on the first one and luckily I saved it.

“I trust my process and what I do and I’ll save one but massive respect to the lads they stepped up to score all five the way they did – huge credit.”

He went on to add: “The referee stopped me doing what I normally do but I still managed to save one and give the lads the opportunity.

“He was going to book me if I wasn’t going back on my line. Part of playing the game a little bit.”

England player ratings: Saka the saviour for Three Lions but subbed Kane stuggles in penalties thriller vs Switzerland

BUKAYO SAKA showed huge courage as he dug England out of a hole and through on penalties against Switzerland, writes Tom Barclay.

The Three Lions looked to be going out when Breel Embolo had put Swiss ahead on 75 minutes.

But Arsenal star Saka dragged England back into five minutes later with a stunning effort off the post.

To penalties it went – just like it did between these two sides five years ago in the Nations League.

And just like back then, Jordan Pickford made a save – repelling the Swiss’s first effort from Manuel Akanji.

England were perfect from then on, with Cole Palmer, Jude Bellignam, Saka, Ivan Toney and finally Trent Alexander-Arnold sending the Three Lions into the semi-final.

Here’s how the players rated…

Jordan Pickford: 7

Had his heart in his mouth when Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner deep into extra-time hit the post and bar, but then pulled off a smart stop to take it to penalties.

Saved Manuel Akanji’s first spot-kick by diving low to his left.

Kyle Walker: 6

Spent most of the game on the right side of a three which meant he could not get forward. Embolo got in front of him for Switzerland’s opener. Won the toss so the penalties were taken in front of the England fans.

John Stones: 6

Crisper passing in the first half, much better than his sloppy Slovakia display, but his deflection on Dan Ndoye’s cross diverted it to Embolo.

Ezri Konsa: 6

Was decent in the first half of his maiden start at a major tournament but, like the rest of the team, went into his shell after the break.

Kieran Trippier: 6

Had been expected to play right wing-back but was once again on the left.

Solid defensively but, as has been the case throughout the tournament, offered little going forward on his unnatural side.

Declan Rice: 7

Anticipated, and subsequently, won a number of 50-50s at the base of England’s midfield.

It was his decoy run that opened up the space for Saka to find the corner, before his 25-yard wonderstrike was denied by a flying Yann Sommer save in extra-time.

Kobbie Mainoo: 6

Some decent drives forward from midfield. Looked as if he would fire home an opener just before the break after

Bukayo Saka’s nice cutback, but was denied by Granit Xhaka’s excellent block.

Bukayo Saka: 8 and STAR MAN

Did not play at left wing-back as expected, but was England’s most dangerous attacking player throughout – and none more so when he came to the rescue with his 80th-minute leveller which flew in off the post.

Showed huge courage in the shoot-out as he stroked home his penalty beautifully, three years on from missing in the last Euros final.

Jude Bellingham: 6

Produced a few graceful dribbles which showcased his quality in the first half but pretty quiet.

Looked knackered but showed big cojones with his low penalty.

Phil Foden: 6

Admitted before the game that his central role would suit him better and it seemed to in the first 20 minutes, but faded after that.

Harry Kane: 4

This system just does not suit him. He needs runners, but does not look like he is going to get them.

Just could not get into the game and was subbed out of it in extra-time, seconds after he was sent crashing into his manager on the touchline.

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Cole Palmer (for Konsa, 78): 7

One of three players to come on in reaction to Switzerland’s opener – why did it take so long, Gareth? Dispatched England’s first spot-kick with aplomb.

Luke Shaw (for Trippier, 78): 6

First minutes of football since February, slotting in on the left side of back three as Southgate went for broke.

Eberechi Eze (for Mainoo, 78): 6

Carved out a nice bit of space for himself in the dying moments but fired wide.

Ivan Toney (For Kane, 109): 7

It was no surprise to see him come with the prospect of penalties on the horizon – what was more of a shock was that it was for spot-kick maestro Kane. Was knocked over in the box right at the end of extra-time, but nothing was given. Confident penalty.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (for Foden, 115): 7

Thrown on late into extra-time. Belted home his spot-kick to win it.

Gareth Southgate: 4

The adjusted back three system worked to a certain extent, but still the approach looked to be to keep it tight and rely on a moment of magic.

Saka provided that for the leveller, but given the talent at his disposal, it seemed very limited.

Took an age to make a change – prompted only by Switzerland going ahead. But got his subs right when it came to the penalty shoot-out.

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