Pickford starts in England friendly

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Jordan Pickford's hopes of going into the World Cup Finals in Russia as England's first-choice goalkeeper were given a boost when he was named in the starting XI for this evening's friendly against Nigeria at Wembley.

There are newspaper suggestions that Gareth Southgate has already made up his mind that Everton's Player of the Season will be the chosen man between the sticks when England's campaign kicks off later this month but confirmation is expected in the next few days.

“It will become apparent over the next five days," Southgate is quoted ass saying. "I haven't had the conversation with the players yet and I think that is more important,” he said.

“They are inexperienced in terms of senior international games but Pickford and Butland have the perfect path in terms of junior international tournaments and a lot of Premier League football under their belt.

“When I look at Neuer and De Gea at the age they went in our guys are in a similar sort of situation and you only get them that experience by giving them that opportunity.”

England ran out 2-1 winners thanks to Gary Cahill's emphatic seventh-minute header and a goal by Harry Kane later in the first half.

Alex Iwobi put the first international goal past Pickford in the second half but the home side held on for the victory.