“Pickford needs to calm down” claims former Liverpool goalkeeper

Friday, January 24th, 2020 12:29pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Chris Kirkland has called for Jordan Pickford to improve on his temperament if he wants to continue as England’s number one.

Pickford has had a less than stellar campaign so far for club, yet has maintained his usual standard for country.

The Everton shot stopper has suffered a dip in form this season, with the Toffee’s keeper being widely criticised for his part in both goals conceded late on against Newcastle earlier this week.

Whilst Jordan Pickford has cut a frustrated figure between the sticks at Goodison, Dean Henderson has gone from strength to strength during his loan stint at Sheffield United.

It has been a week of spot-kick heroics as Henderson kept out Gabriel Jesus’s effort and Nick Pope also denying Jamie Vardy from 12-yards.

This has led to a discussion as to whether Jordan Pickford’s position as England’s keeper should be under threat, with the other two English keepers breathing firmly down his neck.

Speaking to Love Sport’s Breakfast show, former Liverpool shot stopper Chris Kirkland has offered Pickford some advice as we enter the run up for the Euro’s and every English player is under the watchful eye of Gareth Southgate.

“I think the trouble with Jordan is he gets engaged with the crowd sometimes - he gets too hyped up. When he does make a mistake, that’s when the criticism comes, because he is so vocal and because he is so loud on the pitch it opens him up for criticism.”

“I think he just needs to calm down a little bit, concentrate on his game. He’s a fantastic keeper but other keepers are putting pressure on him now and that’s what we need.”

Kirkland did fight Pickford’s corner when it comes to who will be wearing the number one shirt come the summer; “Barring him having a disaster from now until the end of the season, he did well in the last tournament for England. I think it would be harsh leaving him out barring he has a disaster from now until the end of the season.”

 

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