Pickford Can Boost England Claims By Saving Everton

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There’s little doubt keeper Jordan Pickford is going to play a big role if Everton is to start climbing the Premier League table and away from the dreaded relegation zone.

Pickford has been England’s first-choice goalkeeper for a number of years but is facing pressure for his starting role with the Three Lions. Some big performances for the Toffees in the remainder of the season would be a timely reminder for England boss Gareth Southgate that Pickford should be the first name on the team sheet.

Pickford Wants To Be Club Legend

After putting pen to paper on a new four-and-a-half-year deal in February, Pickford made it clear how much he is enjoying life at Goodison Park, despite the club’s battle to avoid the drop once again this season. Everton are 4/6 to avoid relegation in the Premiership betting odds and will be relying heavily on Pickford to help produce results that will deliver much-needed points to drive the club up the Premier League table and away from trouble under manager Sean Dyche. After the battle against relegation last season, it’s an all-too-familiar position for the Toffees to be in and players like Pickford will need to step up to the challenge once again.

Having penned his new long-term deal at Everton, Pickford stated he wanted to “build a legacy” with the Toffees and hoped to be spoken of in the same breath as the great Neville Southall. Pickford will know he has some way to go to compete with the Welsh legend but the fact he has the ambition to achieve that can only be good news for Everton in their time of need.

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Pickford Can Stake Claim For Euro 2024

It only seems like the dust has just settled on the World Cup in Qatar but for England the preparations for the European Championships next year are just getting started. Pickford started England’s last game at the World Cup in the quarter-finals, as the Three Lions suffered an agonising 2-1 defeat at the hands of rivals France at Al Bayt Stadium. Pickford represented Everton well during the tournament, as he kept two clean sheets in the three group games and conceded one goal from open play in those matches. Once again Pickford looked strong in the last encounter with Senegal by keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory, before England’s hopes of a second world title were brought to a halt against Les Bleus.

While Pickford is still thought to be Southgate’s first-choice keeper, there have been some suggestions Newcastle United's shotstopper Nick Pope could be pushing to surpass the Toffees’ star. Pope has enjoyed a strong season at St James’ Park and has helped Newcastle become one of the best defensive sides in the league. While Pickford has produced some big performances for Everton this season, a handful of more headline-grabbing displays would certainly improve his chances of starting at Euro 2024 but more importantly help in keeping Everton in the top flight.

Pickford has proved himself to be a leader for Everton and Dyche will be looking for some more inspired displays from England’s No.1 over the coming months.

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