Everton: Jamie O'Hara names 'outstanding' Jordan Pickford in past and present England team
Jamie O’Hara has picked Jordan Pickford in his past and present England eleven as the Everton goalkeeper prepares for the Three Lions’ Group B game against the USA.
The 28-year-old has always performed in an England shirt, with the penalty shootout win over Colombia in the 2018 World Cup being the highlight.
O’Hara believes the Everton shot-stopper is ahead of England’s 2006 goalkeeper Paul Robinson when selecting a mixture of both squads.
“Pickford [over Robinson], for England he steps up, he is absolutely outstanding,” said O’Hara (talkSPORT EDGE clip, 24 November).
Pickford has been one of England’s most reliable goalkeepers in recent memory. The Three Lions’ number one jersey has often been a cursed position with Robinson, Robert Green and David James all guilty of making a mistake during their time in between the sticks.
Over the past two seasons, Pickford has managed to translate his good international form into his club performances, with the 28-year-old one of Everton’s players of the season so far. His shot-stopping and distribution are among the best in the Premier League.
There will be some concerns at Goodison Park surrounding Pickford’s contract situation, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2024. Pickford is one of a number of players being monitored by Chelsea (Caughtoffside, Fabrizio Romano, 21 November), with the West London club looking to bolster their goalkeeping options.
The Goodison Park hierarchy must assess whether they will cash in on the keeper or let his contract run down until next summer.