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        Pickford to coax best from England backline

        2024/06/14 17:31

        England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has spoken about his thirst for improvement and ability to bring the best out of his international team-mates on the eve of Euro 2024. 

        The Everton stopper is set to be involved in his fourth major international tournament out in Germany and spoke at England's press conference on Friday prior to Sunday's Group C clash against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen. 

        Everton's Player of the Season for three years straight, Pickford referenced his dedication to becoming the best goalkeeper he can be. 

        "It's 61 caps now for me. I work hard off the pitch and on the pitch I do everything right to the best of my ability. 

        "I'm 30 now and I keep improving every day. If there's anything I can learn, I want to keep trying my best to improve. That's what keeps me pushing.

        "That's why it's my fourth major tournament. That's why I have won Everton's player of the year for the last three seasons.

        "I know what I'm doing and I know I keep getting better. Hopefully I'm appreciated and hopefully this tournament is a success."

        After making his debut for his country back in November 2017, Pickford established himself as Gareth Southgate's number one, and he has since featured in all 19 games England have played at major tournaments. 

        Pickford is facing competition from Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale and Crystal Palace's Dean Henderson out in Germany, and the former Sunderland keeper highlighted how important competition for the number one jersey is. 

        "That makes me want to improve. I've got the jersey and I want to keep pushing forward. They need to chase me," Pickford said.

        "If I keep improving, the competition has to improve - that's what I think is good about the England goalkeeper situation at the minute. There's a lot of good goalkeepers."

        It will be 'easy' for Maguire replacement 

        Ahead of these Euros, England have had issues in defensive areas, Luke Shaw selected despite an injury concern and Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire cut from Southgate's 33-man provisional squad having failed to shake off a calf problem. 

        With Maguire out of the tournament, 23-year-old Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi is favourite to start for England against Serbia - and Pickford is confident whoever is selected will rise to the occasion. 

        "It's easy," Pickford said, when asked about playing with less experienced England performers.

        "They're there because of talent.

        "When they're talented, I can help them, guide them, because I can see the full pitch and my communication is hopefully a key to help them.

        "That's what I think I'm good at. They know what they're doing in front of me."

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        2024-06-14 19h55m by lhalliday_bart
        2024-06-14 19h40m by jwhiteheadbarnes
        2024-06-14 19h09m by sparkerfield
        2024-06-14 18h33m by jgibsonson
        I want to keep pushing to be in the starting XI against Serbia and I want to keep pushing to be the best goalkeeper in the world.  

        As a football fan, I am disappointed to hear that Pickford is only now realizing the importance of improvement and pushing himself to be the best. It's his fourth major tournament and he's just now talking about these things I hope he can back up these words on the pitch and show the improvement he claims to be making.
        2024-06-14 18h08m by dnelsons
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