England U21 hero James Trafford has confessed that he anticipated he would save a penalty against Spain before the game.
The Young Lions won the Euros U21 Championship with a perfect record, going undefeated throughout the competition. They also didn’t allow a single goal.
And kudos to Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford, who was outstanding throughout.
England gained the lead in the final minutes of the first half thanks to a massive deflection off Liverpool’s Curtis Jones, leaving the Spanish goalkeeper helpless.
Spain had an opportunity to equalize late in the game when they were awarded a penalty in the 97th minute.
Spain captain Abel Ruiz went up to take it, but Trafford made a superb stop to deny him and then another on the rebound. His efforts were instrumental in England winning the Championship.
Trafford claimed after the game that he informed his teammates before the game that he will save a penalty tonight. And when Spain was handed the penalty, he knew he’d be able to save it.
“I told everyone this morning that I was going to save a pen, and when it turned out to be a penalty, I knew I was going to save it, so it was pretty simple.” I informed everyone at home that I was going to save one.”
This simply demonstrates the tremendous mentality of the young goalkeeper, who has demonstrated all of the characteristics required to become a top-tier goalkeeper.
Leicester City is one of the clubs interested in signing him. He has been linked with a move away from City in quest of more playing time.