Jordan Pickford was the hero at both ends as England secured third place in the UEFA Nations League following a 6-5 penalty shootout victory over Switzerland after a goalless 120 minutes in Guimaraes. In a game seen by many as insignificant, both teams started with a high level of intensity. England captain Harry Kane hit the crossbar following a deft chip in the opening two minutes but it would be Switzerland that controlled the game in the early stages with a few half chances that were routine saves for Pickford. Raheem Sterling had a good chance that was saved by the legs of Yann Sommer in the 14th minute after being played through by Kane. Sterling missed another opportunity in the 30th minute after failing to make contact with a low pass across the face of goal by Trent Alexander-Arnold. Dele Alli would later miss a free header after a near-perfect cross from Alexander-Arnold, in a first half where both teams created chances with no real end product. England almost had a slice of good fortune in the 54th minute after a deflected Danny Rose cross almost resulted in an own goal from but the post came to Switzerland’s rescue. Pickford was called into action for the first time just moments later and some clever Swiss passing resulted in Granit Xhaka coming close with a side-footed shot from just outside the penalty box. England thought they took the lead in the 83rd minute after a Dele Alli header hit the crossbar and landed at the feet of Callum Wilson who tapped in from close range. However VAR would strike again as Wilson was believed to have committed a foul earlier on in the build up. Sommer would make a tremendous double save in extra-time. The first coming from yet another Alli header before Sterling’s close range rebound was stopped by the Swiss number one. England’s dominance continued into the second period of extra time, with Sterling once again coming close, this time hitting the crossbar from a free-kick in the 116th minute. Harry Maguire, Ross Barkley, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Pickford all scored in the penalty shootout but were still taken to sudden death. Eric Dier slotted home to put the pressure back on Switzerland before Pickford became the hero once again saving from Josip Drmic. Here’s how the England players were rated: