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Evertons Jordan Pickford Will Have To Carry On His Excellent England Form Into The Next Premier League Season

As Jorginho strode up to win Euro 2020 for Italy, everyone else had their heads in their hands, but England’s No 1 was unconcerned.

‘No problem,’ he exclaimed firmly to himself.

Few others possessed such unwavering confidence.

Pickford remained solid and leapt to his right to retain England in the final for the time being.

Of course, it wasn’t meant to be for the Three Lions in the end.

Yet it was atonement for Pickford, who had his doubters after an up-and-down season with Everton.

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In the 2018 World Cup last-16 win against Colombia, the Everton No 1 famously had details on his drinks bottle concerning Colombia’s penalty takers, a result that ended England’s dreaded shootout curse.

Pickford shown his ability to save two of Italy’s five penalties on Sunday, but he was still on the losing side when England missed three of their own.

Pickford was photographed by Sportsmail inspecting the bottle before the penalties at Wembley, despite the fact that none of the players mentioned on Pickford’s notes took a penalty.

Nevertheless, unlike the aftermath of a breakthrough performance at the 2018 World Cup, Pickford now has to translate his inspirational international form into the Premier League season.

Pickford had the names of Italian penalty takers written on his water bottle, and he saved two of them. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old’s form for Everton has been more erratic than his England form.

Because Pickford has been criticized by critics left, right, and center over his four years at Goodison Park, where he has been afflicted by some fantastic individual performances but, more importantly, some terrible errors.

Of course, there was his notorious last-minute crossbar blunder in the Merseyside Derby in December 2018, which allowed Divock Origi to score a stoppage-time winner for Liverpool.

Last season, the 27-year-old was briefly replaced by Robin Olsen by Carlo Ancelotti due to a downturn in form.

In December 2018, Pickford memorably allowed Liverpool’s Divock Origi to score late in the game after the Everton goalkeeper failed to tip the ball over the bar and it ricocheted into Origi’s path. There was also the fallout from his lunge at Virgil van Dijk, which resulted in the Reds centre back missing the remainder of the season with an ACL injury.

Pickford, on the other hand, deserves credit.

Because it takes a certain kind of person to come back from all of this and still have faith in his own abilities, which he demonstrated first and foremost for his nation.

Many people would be shaken by such high-profile criticism.

On a team that fell after such a fast start, he really ended the last few months of the 2020-21 season strongly.

Southgate deserves credit for sticking with Pickford when everyone else told him to try something different.

Something more dependable and durable

Gareth Southgate has kept faith in Pickford through some trying times. Pickford has not disappointed Southgate down in any of the qualifications or warm-up games.

After Carlo Ancelotti’s dramatic exit from Liverpool soon before Euro 2020, a new manager has taken over, and he’ll be hoping Pickford can be as dependable for him as he is for Southgate.

Of course, in a move that alarmed some Evertonians, that man is ex-Liverpool manager and 2005 Champions League winner Rafa Benitez, who is no stranger to the area.

Last week, the Spaniard started his first day at work as pre-season got underway, and he’ll be hoping to change the tide and win over the fans as soon as possible.

After a contentious appointment, Rafa Benitez started his first day as Everton manager last week, and when Pickford returns from a well-deserved summer break, Benitez needs his goalkeeper to be blazing on all cylinders once more.

In fact, forget about it.

Pickford’s brashness might work in a tournament setting, and it could explain his struggles over the course of a nine-month season.

Pickford is still young for a goalkeeper at 27, and there are still things he can learn, such as not always running on adrenaline and staying composed and cool while retaining focus.

Because Benitez requires Pickford’s services as a marshal.

The captain who has led England’s defense so admirably over the last four weeks

And then there’s the fantastic shot-stopper.

The new Everton manager requires Pickford to be composed rather than erratic, as he was last season. What the new Toffees manager does not require is Pickford, the club’s biggest error-maker.

Pickford’s unpredictable behavior

Pickford is a shaky character.

Benitez has already demonstrated that he is not hesitant to make rapid substitutions between the sticks.

Remember Jerzy Dudek, the hero of Istanbul who saved two penalties in the penalty shootout against AC Milan?

Benitez looked at the wider picture after Pepe Reina’s error-filled season and demoted him to Liverpool No 2 barely two months later.

He didn’t play for the club again for a long time.

So now it’s time to look forward to August 14th.

A fascinating sub-plot for the upcoming season will be to see if one of England’s Euro 2020 heroes can reproduce his international brilliance in the Premier League – for a team that is underperforming in comparison to transfer investment and expectations.

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