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'Sky Sports': Dier wasn't supposed to take the final penalty

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Pin Dier scored the winning penalty against Colombia. AFP
Dier scored the winning penalty against Colombia. AFP

'Sky Sports': Dier wasn't supposed to take the final penalty

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English outlet 'Sky Sports' claim that Jamie Vardy was the man who was down to take England's fifth penalty against Colombia, but he picked up an injury prior to the shootout.

'Sky Sports' state that Vardy picked up a groin strain during the round of 16 tie, after coming on as a substitute. The striker replaced Raheem Sterling towards the end of normal time, just before Colombia equalised, eventually taking the game to penalties

England's takers were Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jordan Henderson, Kieran Trippier and lastly Eric Dier, with all but Henderson putting their kicks away. Dier won the game for England with his spot kick, after an heroic save from Jordan Pickford, but it seems that the midfielder wasn't initially supposed to be taking the penalty.

Vardy is Leicester's main penalty taker, and given his lethal finishing abilities, he was down to take the last penalty, before the injury prevented him doing so.

"Dier wasn't supposed to take that decisive fifth penalty," Rob Dorsett of 'Sky Sports News' said. "Vardy, the man who takes penalties regularly for Leicester, was down to take it but he picked up a groin strain towards the very end of extra-time so massive credit to Dier."

Vardy's strain means that he is a doubt for England's quarter-final clash against Sweden on Saturday, with both Dele Alli and Harry Kane also injury concerns

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