Jordan Pickford says that he has learned from the off-the-pitch incident that launched him onto the back pages in April and that, together with the birth of his daughter, it has prompted a change in his lifestyle.
Two months after he was provoked into a scuffle outside a bar in Sunderland by taunts aimed at his fiancée Megan Davison, the Everton and England goalkeeper made the headlines for the all right reasons this week with another penalty save on the international scene and an excellent spot-kick of his own.
That came in the wake of a stretch of improved club form following a personal horror show at Newcastle in February in a painful 3-2 defeat for the Blues and, as the 25-year-old told The Telegraph he feels he has matured in the interim.
“I think the main thing about it is that I am a normal lad – but then sometimes you have got to realise you are not a normal lad, you are an England footballer,” Pickford said of the fisticuffs in his hometown that were captured on video.
“I just want to be a normal lad, but you have got to realise certain things. You learn from it like you learn from everything. So you move on from that and after that incident I pushed on at the end of the season and kept a lot of clean sheets. It just shows my character.
“I've got a little baby now and life has changed so with the little baby and my missus, it is a totally different lifestyle now and it is great,” said Pickford. “It was just one of them things, I don't think there is much more to say. You learn from everything, how to become a man and grow.”
Pickford stepped up to take his country's fifth penalty in a shoot-out with Switzerland in the Uefa Nations League third-place playoff game on Sunday and hammered home confidently before guessing the right way to push Josip Drmic's kick to win the shootout 6-5.
He was also a hero the last time an England game went to penalties, against Colombia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and he explains how much work goes into preparing for spot-kicks:
“There is a big process that goes into the penalties. You need that extra edge going into a penalty shoot-out, everyone thinks it is luck but you can do a lot of research with the analysis staff, who record every penalty we take and do hours and hours on end when we are not here.
“I think mine was a half-decent penalty.”
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1 Posted 13/06/2019 at 07:07:38
Normal service will now be resumed.
2 Posted 13/06/2019 at 07:46:23
3 Posted 13/06/2019 at 08:17:36
4 Posted 13/06/2019 at 08:39:39
5 Posted 13/06/2019 at 09:17:41
6 Posted 13/06/2019 at 11:16:52
7 Posted 13/06/2019 at 11:17:56
8 Posted 13/06/2019 at 18:18:43
9 Posted 13/06/2019 at 19:18:41
10 Posted 13/06/2019 at 21:33:35
I think this has probably come from discussions whilst away with the England squad.
I'm not sure if that means they are more professional or that he maybe respects and listens a bit more to the England staff but as long as it's good for Everton - all good.
11 Posted 14/06/2019 at 05:08:09
Knocks three times, comes in late
12 Posted 14/06/2019 at 06:51:11
13 Posted 14/06/2019 at 13:54:42
14 Posted 14/06/2019 at 14:14:58
We might reasonably expect £75m for him and that could bank roll and striker?
15 Posted 14/06/2019 at 18:09:58
16 Posted 14/06/2019 at 18:20:59
17 Posted 14/06/2019 at 18:34:36
Logical thinking mate, but can't see it myself.
18 Posted 14/06/2019 at 18:59:00
19 Posted 14/06/2019 at 21:37:42
Pickford's distribution is erratic!!!
Are you going on reputation, lad, or your own eyes?
20 Posted 14/06/2019 at 21:53:54
He panics under pressure and his performance levels dropped hugely last season. Hes a little bit too full of his own piss and wind for me at the moment however he is young, certainly in goalkeeping terms and in time he will learn the difference between confidence and arrogance I hope.
21 Posted 14/06/2019 at 22:05:53
Tim, Pickford doesn't panic. In fact, a bit of panic might do him no harm. He will get better and better. Selling him, for whatever price, would confirm that we are wheeler-dealers with little aspiration.
22 Posted 14/06/2019 at 22:21:49
Hes 24 I think so he could be in a really good place in two or three years time so as you have said we need to keep hold of him and let him improve. Weve already lost a spine of significant potential (Stones, Barkley and Lukaku) and can ill afford to lose another.
23 Posted 14/06/2019 at 23:10:06
As to Pickford's distribution, everybody's right. It is, on occasion, brilliant. It is also, at times, wildly erratic. My take is that he's an exceptionally strong and accurate kick and throw who often tries for too much and rushes himself, and he'll improve with experience.
24 Posted 15/06/2019 at 10:06:20
25 Posted 15/06/2019 at 19:57:44
I wish I'd seen him, alas I've only seen the one we've got and he's nowhere near the one you describe.
26 Posted 15/06/2019 at 20:54:12
Experience will iron out those faults. He's a very good young keeper who will get better.
I can't help looking across the park and wishing we had a keeper like that, whether it's eventually Jordan or AN Other.
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