Everton boss Sam Allardyce has made it clear that Jordan Pickford can deal with the pressure of being England’s number one goalkeeper.
The former Sunderland man signed for Everton last summer in a £30million deal which raised some big questions.
At such a young age, there were questions as to whether the player could continue the fine form that saw him recognised at the Black Cats.
He has certainly shown that and could even be considered as the Toffees’ player of the season.
Now, it’s time for Gareth Southgate to start thinking about his goalkeeping number one ahead of the World Cup.
Having impressed during the friendly with Holland last week, Pickford has a slight edge over Jack Butland.
The latter was unable to keep out Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty for Italy which meant he was unable to keep a clean sheet as Pickford did.
Now, Allardyce has backed his man to be the next England number one.
‘He has given Gareth a lot to think about with his performance the other night,’ said Allardyce in his press conference on Friday.
‘People go on about him conceding a lot of goals. You look at the stat of saves he makes.
‘He has been extremely busy – far too busy on occasions – but we have brought the goals against column down.
‘We have become defensively strong and he is there when needed. Everyone makes mistakes but they are few and far between for him.
‘His grounding has been exceptionally good. Playing through the divisions has helped him.’
England have kept five consecutive clean sheets for the first time since October 2014.
Jordan Pickford has not conceded a goal yet. pic.twitter.com/llk0DyocxM
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