Pickford plays as England rout Panama

Sunday, 24 June, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last
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Jordan Pickford was in goal as England hammered the Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod to move to the top of Group G.

Two goals from ex-Everton defender John Stones, a hat-trick by Harry Kane (his third was credited to him after Ruben Loftus-Cheek's strike deflected off his heel and past the wrong-footed goalkeeper), and a beauty from Jesse Lingard had put Gareth Southgate's side 6-0 up before Pickford was even really tested.

The Blues' 'keeper made his first save in the 65th minute when he stood up well to block Michael Murillo's shot as he steamed in on the overlap but he could do nothing about Felipe Baloy's first-time effort that gave the Panamanians something to cheer.

The substitute was unmarked as he connected with a free kick and swept it into the corner.