Gareth Southgate

Revealed: England’s number one goalkeeper for the World Cup

Decision made

England boss Gareth Southgate has reportedly made his decision over who will start in goal for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

There has been much talk over the past week or so over whether Everton’s Jordan Pickford or Stoke’s Jack Butland will be chosen.

Both goalkeepers have impressed during the Premier League season even though both of their teams have struggled.

Both could possibly go down as their respective sides player of the season and Gareth Southgate had a big decision to make before the summer.

Stoke Keeper Butland

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Pickford was chosen against Holland and impressed while Jack Butland only fell to a Lorenzo Insigne penalty.

Now, the Mirror have seemingly revealed that Southgate has made his mind up on who will be the first choice goalkeeper.

They say that while Southgate will not admit it, Pickford has already won the race barring an incredible dip in form with Everton.

Gareth Southgate has admitted he has decided who will be his first choice keeper and, while he will not confirm it publicly, Pickford has won the race.

England boss Southgate prefers Pickford because of his distribution and, unless the Everton keeper has a spectacular loss of form, then he will start in Russia.

Stoke’s Jack Butland is set to go as Pickford’s deputy while Southgate has also decided to take Joe Hart as third choice keeper. Nick Pope will miss out while Tom Heaton has not recovered from injury.

Gareth Southgate admits selection headache ahead of World Cup

The goalkeeping issue is not the only one that Gareth Southgate has had.

The England boss will no doubt have other big decisions to make and he has admitted a couple.

One of them certainly looks to be coming on the wing.

Click here to see what he had to say about a selection headache.