England and Everton no.1 Jordan Pickford has been ruled out for up to a month with injury, meaning that he will miss England’s upcoming clashes Italy and Germany at the end of the month.
The goalkeeper has been in immense form for the Toffees this season, underlining why he is Gareth Southgate’s no.1 with a mammoth nine saves to keep the Merseyside derby at 0-0.
However, the Athletic report that ‘Pickford is thought to have been troubled by the thigh problem in recent games’, and has now been ruled out for a period of up to a month for the Toffees, joining compatriot Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the sidelines and handing Frank Lampard another selection headache.
At present, only Asmir Begovic can be called upon between the posts for Everton, with second choice Andy Lonergan out with a knee issue, meaning that a youth goalkeeper will be required to fill a spot on the substitutes bench at the very least.
Chance for other goalkeepers
Pickford’s injury is almost certain to throw the cat among the pigeons for Gareth Southgate and his goalkeeping choices for the World Cup in November.
Sam Johnstone, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson and Aaron Ramsdale have all been included in previous squads and, with all four now plying their trade in the Premier League, they will each be hopeful of nailing down a spot for the trip to Qatar as one of the three goalkeepers in the squad.
It is widely assumed that Ramsdale will take one such spot thanks to his performances for Arsenal and for England previously, but there will be space for two more to impress in the upcoming squad thanks to Pickford’s injury, which will leave them to fight it out for the final spot.