Pickford plays in England win

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Jordan Pickford got another chance to impress Gareth Southgate when he started in goal in a friendly against the Netherlands and kept a clean sheet.

Everton's No 1 is in competition with Stoke's Jack Butland, Burnley's Nick Pope and West Ham's Joe Hart for who gets selected as England's first-choice goalkeeper at this summer's World Cup in Russia.

As such, this first friendly of the current international break was seen as an excellent opportunity for Pickford to press his claims following his impressive form for the Blues since joining the club from Sunderland last summer.

Despite conceding 50 Premier League goals already this season, a symptom of Everton's dismal campaign and, in particular, their defensive weaknesses, the 24-year-old is regarded as one of the few positives of 2017-18 and is viewed as a long-term star in the making for club and country.

England faced the Dutch this evening and won 1-0 thanks to Jesse Lingard's solitary goal. They now take on Italy on Tuesday as they begin their final preparations for the World Cup.  

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Dermot Byrne
1 Posted 22/03/2018 at 19:18:41
Whose fault is that?
Brent Stephens
2 Posted 22/03/2018 at 19:27:20
One of the usual suspects, Dermot. Somebody should resign over this.
Max Murphy
3 Posted 22/03/2018 at 19:32:00
Wouldn't pick him for Everton – never mind England.
Trevor Peers
5 Posted 22/03/2018 at 20:52:43
Deserves it all day long... a fabulous keeper, organises his back four, makes inspirational saves.

Be grateful he plays for us.

Peter Mills
6 Posted 22/03/2018 at 21:04:09
He’s done well this season, by no means faultless, but extremely competent and seems to have the attitude and aptitude to become a very good goalie.
Paul Tran
7 Posted 22/03/2018 at 21:39:27
Once he sorts out his reticence to come for the ball, he's going to be a top-notch keeper. Like our defenders, he will benefit from a settled back four. Love his attitude, clearly cares for the club.
Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 22/03/2018 at 21:48:57
Congratulations to him... well-deserved. England's best keeper IMO (which says more about English keepers than it does about Pickford).

As he overcomes his errors of inexperience, I think he'll lock up the job for years to come. Has talent that Butland can't even dream of. As for Hart... lordy. No hope.

Dan Parker
9 Posted 22/03/2018 at 22:03:44
Someone to cheer on!
Victor Yu
10 Posted 23/03/2018 at 03:26:15
Big clubs will be after him soon then?
Ian Burns
11 Posted 23/03/2018 at 08:23:44
Good luck to the lad, deserves his chance. At least he should have a half-decent defence in front of him!
Jamie Evans
12 Posted 23/03/2018 at 08:45:59
Good luck, Jordan.

Despite the mistakes he's made this season, which should be expected of any young keeper still learning their trade, he's been a ray of hope in an otherwise pretty grim season.

Try to flatten VVD also.

Keith Harrison
13 Posted 23/03/2018 at 08:46:29
Paul Tran is spot on. A better command of at least his 6-yard box will really round him off, and he should become a great.

Mike Gaynes is correct as usual.

As for England FC, who cares? And I'm English.

Lenny Kingman
14 Posted 23/03/2018 at 08:56:21
If I was the c!own in charge of the Dutch, I would tell them to take pot shots from long range as Pickford is useless at saving those. Of course Koeman already knows that (stifled smiley).
Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 23/03/2018 at 09:21:35
Victor (#10), yes, I'm afraid they will be as soon as Jordan makes it known he wants to leave Everton, he will leave for a massive fee. I hope it doesn't happen; he's going to be a top class 'keeper.
Eric Paul
16 Posted 23/03/2018 at 09:24:47
It should be celebrated that Pickford has his chance to stake a claim for the Number 1 shirt, but posters on here are having a pop at him.

Where was Southall at 24?

Jon Withey
17 Posted 23/03/2018 at 10:36:00
No news is good news on here, is it? Haha.

Well done, Jordan – bring some of that experience back with you.

Adam Carey
18 Posted 23/03/2018 at 10:53:51
The 50 goals conceded is not too different to both Butland or Hart, who have both suffered from playing in front of a poor defence this season, like Jordan. Can't say I know much of Pope.

I think he has a good chance of being the starting keeper this Summer in Russia. England will limp into the Second round / Quarter finals before being knocked out anyway. (Yes, I am English, but haven't enthused about the national team since the 90s!)

Tony Everan
19 Posted 23/03/2018 at 11:41:22
Pickford is the best out of the 4. Making him No 1 is the right decision, it will pay off if they keep backing him. He's still got a lot to learn but he is sharp and motivated so that will come quickly.

Overall, I don't think many Evertonians would straight swap him for any of the other three. Pickford has the best chance of all of them of becoming a world class keeper.

Lenny Kingman
20 Posted 23/03/2018 at 11:53:08
I must say he looks better being the man in black.
Phil Walling
21 Posted 23/03/2018 at 11:58:00
Not exactly winning a vote of confidence from many Evertonians but, for all but the most negative of us, he is our best since Martyn.

For what it's worth, I agree with those who say he has much to learn but is certainly the best of a good bunch!

Matthew Williams
22 Posted 23/03/2018 at 14:20:10
Good luck, Jordan lad... don't let the side down, eh?
Alan Bodell
23 Posted 23/03/2018 at 15:06:16
Because he plays, I'll watch the game. Knowing Southgate, he'll probably sub him at some time so then I'll switch off; the national team means nothing without a Blue playing.

One thing for sure is he'll get plenty of action with the overpaid wank in front of him.

Darren Hind
24 Posted 23/03/2018 at 15:40:30
Fantastic prospect.

As good as I've seen with shots low down, but shots past either shoulder catch him out, he needs to start moving his feet more. He'll be top class then.

Dean Saunders told an interesting tale about big Nev recently. Apparently, the Welsh boys were practicing their shooting and they realised the big fella was not saving anything with his hands, he was getting his chest, head or anything behind nearly everything.

The welsh players thought this was Nev having one of his "eccentric" moments. He later explained that he would often do it at club level in order to make him move his feet faster.

Take note, young Jordan. If it's good enough for Nev....

David Barks
25 Posted 23/03/2018 at 16:23:02
Meanwhile England supporters throwing beer all over boat passengers from a bridge and dozens being arrested for clashing with police. Way to go guys, way to represent.
Lawrence Green
26 Posted 23/03/2018 at 16:54:50
David (#25),

There were politicians on various platforms this week, seeking assurances from FIFA etc that England fans would be safe in Russia when attending the World Cup. Perhaps, those involved in such anti-social behaviour as you mention, should be forced to attend the World Cup in Russia.

Shane Corcoran
27 Posted 23/03/2018 at 17:09:26
Good to see the Rule Britannia brigade on tour. Meanwhile, in Turkey...

Turkey v Republic of Ireland recap

Dave Evans
29 Posted 23/03/2018 at 19:07:07
Great to see Jordan given the chance. Well deserved.
Neil Cremin
30 Posted 23/03/2018 at 19:08:46
I have questioned the undying belief that Jordan is the only Everton player to perform this season, often to abuse. I see from this thread that many also recognise he has his weaknesses. I certainly don't agree with Trevor at #5 that he organises his defence.

Either way, this can only be good for Everton because he is getting experience in front of an international back four which should help his development.

A big opportunity to establish himself for the World Cup. I wish him the best of luck.

Andy Meighan
31 Posted 23/03/2018 at 21:31:12
He's been our player of the season without a doubt. He's got his faults, for sure, but he's still only young and will only get better.

On a slightly different topic, I'm not a man prone to violence but, as I'm watching this crap (god knows why), I really wouldn't get tired of slapping that Jordan Henderson. His whole demeanour just goes right through me. Whoever said he was a good footballer? The mind boggles... and by 'demeanour', I mean his style of play and the faux hardman impression. Please!

Colin Glassar
32 Posted 23/03/2018 at 21:36:21
England playing very well. Stones MotM for me.
Tom Bowers
33 Posted 23/03/2018 at 21:41:21
Despite some big-money names, this Dutch squad are positively awful and England have a long way to go to do anything at the World Cup.

Yes, England have some good players but, when the Premier League is inundated with foreign players, many of England's so-called best are forced to play second fiddle. How many of Southgate's faves are actually benchwarmers most weeks?

The starting eleven today was unbelievable and I cannot understand what Southgate's thinking is.

David Currie
34 Posted 23/03/2018 at 23:35:18
Tom, interesting that you say the Dutch are awful, have you seen who the manager is??
Simon Dalzell
35 Posted 23/03/2018 at 23:59:25
Some very strange comments so far on here... #3 ?????!!!!!

Southgate said he was very pleased with Jordan's performance. Especially with his passing to get moves started, made even more vital with three at the back.

A prime example being starting the move on the right wing for the goal. Butland is very average (highlighted this last Saturday.) Hart is just shite.

Biased? probably, but it's our lad every time for me.

Jackie Barry
36 Posted 24/03/2018 at 00:41:17
I go to the BBC and what are they doing? Slagging off Pickford, nit-picking at anything they can!

I swear they hate Everton FC and anybody associated with us.

Don Alexander
37 Posted 24/03/2018 at 00:52:34
Pickford is a very good young 'keeper, as far as I'm concerned. With practice and good health, he may well become excellent. I'm comforted to read that he himself says much the same.

England are bog-standard compared to the world's top ten countries so, to me, the need to employ a 'keeper such as Jordan, with a more than passing acquaintance at dealing with matches where we're under the cosh, is eminently sensible.

Peter Gorman
39 Posted 24/03/2018 at 00:56:07
Pickford's weaknesses were well known before he joined from Sunderland and there is no evidence they've gone away this season.

On the other hand, we've seen first-hand what a good keeper he is and one of the few with a consistently good attitude. I'm happy for the lad to get the game time and I think he'd do well at the tournament. My only concern is how quickly the press will round on him but that is his problem as a pro.

Danny Baily
40 Posted 24/03/2018 at 01:07:42
Up there with Joel as our best keeper since Howard. Should be at home in competition with Pope and Hart.
David Barks
41 Posted 24/03/2018 at 01:21:45
No, Jackie, they don't. From the BBC:

“Pickford was given a big opportunity to strengthen his claim to be England's first-choice keeper at the World Cup when he was given the starting place in Amsterdam.

And, despite one or two anxious moments, the Everton keeper can be happy with a clean sheet to make it no goals conceded in his two England appearances.

Pickford – signed by Koeman for £30m from Sunderland in the summer – did well to sense danger and plunge at the feet of Quincy Promes when he threatened, and also showed safe handling to save from Memphis Depay. He also snuffed out late danger with a confident claim of a cross into his area.

That said, he was uncomfortable coming for a corner that allowed Bas Dost to get in a free header in the first half and was caught in possession by the giant striker as he shaped to clear.

Pickford was, however, very comfortable with the ball at his feet on other occasions, even happy to receive the ball right on his goalline from Stones.

Whether he has advanced his cause to start in Russia even further remains to be seen as Southgate explores his options, but he certainly did his hopes no harm.”

Brian Porter
42 Posted 24/03/2018 at 01:47:52
A pretty solid performance from Pickford... and – as it probably won't get a mention anywhere else on the site – it was nice that our very own Oumar Niasse gave a Man of the Match performance for Senegal in their draw with Uzbekistan.
Andrew Presly
44 Posted 24/03/2018 at 03:10:05
It will be fun to see an Everton goalie play for England in the World Cup.

Pickford is easily in the top 10 Everton goalies of all time already, which is a shame.

John Fieldstead
45 Posted 24/03/2018 at 07:27:43
One of our more consistent performers this season and fully deserves his chance; however, I wouldn't let him go on any more internationals unless there is someone from our club going with him to keep those mediocre RS players away from him (Nick Barmby anyone...)!
Jon Withey
46 Posted 24/03/2018 at 09:09:39
England is a bit of a poisoned chalice for Everton fans – but if we want the best English players then they are going to be picked.

I sometimes wonder, is Pickford too young for that position with England ? Experience counts for something, although I don't doubt his ability and he'll improve.

My worry is Russia coming too soon and denting his confidence when we inevitably lose out but I guess it has to happen sometime.

Karl Meighan
47 Posted 24/03/2018 at 11:18:39
I can see Southgate picking Butland to start at the World Cup for no other reason than it's the popular choice and Butland has been "destined to be England's goalkeeper" for years.

In reality, it's a toss-up but Southgate seems a Yes-man – with Henderson being one of the first names on the teamsheet just about summing him up, imo.

John Boon
48 Posted 24/03/2018 at 12:55:07
Pickford has let in a lot of goals this season, mainly due to a very poor defence. He has certainly had plenty of practice in the last two seasons. However, he has also made many great saves. I still think he is the best of a mediocre bunch. I just wish that he was a few inches taller.
Ian Linn
49 Posted 24/03/2018 at 13:21:22
I can't believe Joe Hart is still in the picture. I don't see any merit in him being in the squad, let alone on the bench, or – heaven forbid – in the starting 11.

Pickford has been a positive in a season of mostly negatives.

Sam Hoare
50 Posted 24/03/2018 at 14:16:15
I miss John Stones. He has his moments but how I wish we had a defender able to pass it out from the back like that.

Pickford looked solid. I think he's been a decent 7 out 10 for us this season and still has plenty of room to improve. I think he must be Southgate's first choice given the paucity of options...

Lenny Kingman
51 Posted 24/03/2018 at 14:33:08
The last time the Blues nearly had a goalie at the World Cup would have been the legendary Gordon West in 1970. But he decided to stay at home with his family!

I remember the iconic image of Brian Labone slapping his thighs after the third and decisive goal in the Quarters debacle against West Germany, musing no doubt that his big mate Westy would have saved the day rather than the hopeless clown, Bonetti, who was found seriously wanting.

We have had some barmy keepers here over the years. Westy and Nev and even Dai Davies was a leek or two short of a decent soup.

Anyway, I hope Pickford represents our club as well as he can, if selected. Nil goals conceded in two Internationals is a good start.

Jack Butland, possibly heading for the hated reds once Stoke end up back in the Championship, probably is the favoured No 1. Maybe his likely destination is the reason for that coveted honour.

Charles Brewer
52 Posted 24/03/2018 at 17:06:49
Pickford did an entirely competent job and never looked like being beaten. He clearly has a bit of an issue with getting stuck in against a forward flying in, but it's also clear that he's overcoming that.

As to the match last night, I found it bizarre that Rashford and Sterling avoided any serious criticism despite turning up for crosses about half an hour after the wingers had got in a position to give them the ball, they were dreadful.

However, what I did feel that the biggest loss Everton has suffered in recent years was the departure of John Stones. As he gains more experience and his judgement improves, he is going to be a world class central defender. He is now starting to generate a feeling of having all the time in the world no matter what's rushing at him.

Eric Paul
53 Posted 24/03/2018 at 20:40:47
I thought England were poor in the final 3rd last night; the final ball to the attacking player rarely found its mark but the so-called experts didn't mention it.

On the other hand, the defenders were excellent and Pickford having a good game picking passes and switching play. Only Hoddle seemed to notice his contribution, but the rest obviously want Butland as Number 1 – not to mention Henderson, who isn't a patch on Shelvey.

Rob Halligan
54 Posted 24/03/2018 at 21:36:18
Lenny (#51). You're probably right regarding Butland. The RS are reportedly going to bid £40M for Butland, which would make him an automatic starter for England.

In my opinion, he's not a patch on Pickford, who I think deserves to start for England in the world cup. However it seems you only have to play for the RS to be guaranteed a starting place in the England team.

Look at Oxlade-Chamberlain. Hardly got a look-in with England when he played for Arsenal. Now he's practically an automatic starter. Also surely there must be a better centre-back than Joe Gomez who could well start in the first World Cup game? And as for Jordan Henderson, don't make me laugh. I can't believe he gets a starting place for England, never mind being captain.

Mike Allison
55 Posted 24/03/2018 at 21:51:23
Jack Butland is the best English goalkeeper, fairly comfortably in my opinion, but he’s nowhere near his best at the moment. Pickford has a lot to do, especially in terms of judgement coming off his line.

The anti-Liverpool bitterness, based on unsubstantiated transfer rumours, is as embarrassing as it is misplaced.

Rob Halligan
56 Posted 24/03/2018 at 22:03:41
Mike, you are well entitled to your opinion regarding Butland. Like Pickford though, he too has a lot to do before he can be considered the best English goalkeeper, like not throwing the ball into his own net!

And as for the unsubstantiated transfer rumours, which I assume you mean regarding Butland, then it's a well known fact that the RS are more than likely going to bid for him.

Gavin McGarvey
57 Posted 24/03/2018 at 22:36:42
Pickford is a pretty solid keeper, especially for his age. He is young though, so perhaps his time will be 4 years from now (at least internationally). Whilst not being perfect, and not being in Big Nev's league yet, he is one of the few Koeman signings I've not been disappointed with.

As for Butland, I don't really watch other teams, but he did seem to be having a bit of a mare the other week on MotD. Maybe Pickford will be... picked. Great for him if he does.

Neil Cremin
59 Posted 25/03/2018 at 08:23:37

Well said on both threads. I agree re Pickford on judgement coming off his line but would also add poor distribution from his kicks and his tendency to parry the ball back into play rather than around the post for a corner (although this has improved in recent games).

Hywel Owen
62 Posted 25/03/2018 at 16:08:26
No player is without fault and unfortunately outfielders (not counting Stones) tend to get away with the occasional error whereas goalkeepers mostly do not.

I agree that Pickford does sometimes parry the ball out infield when he should be catching or turning behind but he has improved recently in this respect. He must now learn when to come for the ball (the goal conceded at Stoke was criminal). When he does this, he will be a very good goalkeeper and a fixture for England. He has carried Everton this season.

Darren Hind
64 Posted 25/03/2018 at 17:27:48
I too miss Stones, What a class act he looked. I lament that we will never see him develop into the world superstar he is destined to be in a blue shirt.

Centre-halves don't really reach their peak until mid-twenties. I used to wince when people would claim on here that it was great business to sell him, bring in Williams, and bank the difference.

The Philistines who were screaming at him for being the odd man out – he wanted to play – won't get it. They wanted a steady centre-half.... like Williams

Phil Walling
65 Posted 25/03/2018 at 19:10:44
An excellent performance. Showed he can 'play it out from the back' as well as conduct 'Sam's Everton Hoofers' in the Prem !
Neil Cremin
66 Posted 25/03/2018 at 23:28:02

He started the hoofing under Koemann. Let's not give Big Sam credit for everything. He is well able to take credit himself when we win and blame the players when we lose.

Lee Brownlie
67 Posted 26/03/2018 at 03:43:24
Our young, yes still learning, goalkeeper plays for his country in a win, keeps a clean sheet, and still snides insist on being snides!! Then again, and you know who you are, I suppose you'd have nothing to say, if it weren't for snidey comments, right fellas??? Nice.
Tony Everan
68 Posted 26/03/2018 at 10:23:35
He will be closely watched by Man City as his distribution and footwork matches what they want. Pep or Jose will be getting the cheque book out if Jordan has a spectacular World Cup.

We need to improve dramatically next season to keep Jordan from being poached. If we are 7th and Man City offer £60M and to double his wages, we will struggle to keep him.

Rob Halligan
69 Posted 26/03/2018 at 21:50:04
Tony (#68). Totally agree with what you're saying about Pickford being a Pep type of player. Watching him play for England on Friday night, he was exactly the type of goalkeeper that suits Pep's style of play.

Playing short goal kicks and playing out from the back, is exactly what Pep prefers, as well as a goalkeeper having the confidence to dribble past an oncoming attacker, something which Pickford demonstrated on Friday night. There are some on this thread who think Butland is well more than capable of doing this.

However, I disagree as not only is Pickford a better shot-stopper than Butland, but is also a better distributor of the ball, which was amicably demonstrated on Friday night, something which I've never seen Butland do. Okay, Butland may command his penalty area better than Pickford, but given time he will improve on this.

Overall, in my opinion, Pickford is the much better goalkeeper, and deserves the shirt at the forthcoming World Cup.

Tony Everan
70 Posted 27/03/2018 at 21:03:43
I agree with all that Rob and I have been thinking about De Gea at Man Utd. If he goes to Real Madrid this summer for big bucks, we could be in trouble sooner than we think. It's a disappointment but I can't see the club turning down £70M if the player wanted to go .

We are too far down the food chain at the moment for my liking.

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