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Steer reveals Aston Villa replicated England's penalty routine

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Jed Steer has revealed how Aston Villa replicated England during the shootout that took Dean Smith's team to Wembley.

Smith had his squad practising penalties since their play-off place was secure and made sure that one detail included Steer passing the ball to the next Villa taker.

Jordan Pickford did the same during the dramatic win over Colombia in last year's World Cup, and Steer said: 'Apparently there's a study that shows that if the goalkeeper passes the ball to their own player that he has more chance of scoring. So that was part of the routine. Hopefully it works in future games.

'Obviously it's all about saving a couple of pens but our boys had to stick it in the net as well and they showed great composure.'

Steer saved twice to give Tammy Abraham the chance to convert the winning kick and send Villa to within one game of the Premier League.

It would represent a remarkable season for Steer, who spent half of it on loan at League One Charlton before being recalled.

Charlton are themselves in play-off action, taking on Doncaster at the Valley in the second leg with a 2-1 lead, meaning Steer could be a part of two promotions in one campaign.

'Football is a funny old game, I've loved the season I've had,' he said.

'I've been down at Charlton and enjoyed my time there. Came back to Villa and sat on the bench for a few games but during that time I thought, "It's time to improve." I was sitting on the bench for a reason so I worked hard.

'I did extras with the goalkeeper coach, worked in the gym and waited for the opportunity and thankfully it came.

'Then I just tried to stay in the team and win as many games as possible. Thankfully that's happened and, fingers crossed, I can stay in the team for one more game and be involved at Wembley.'

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