Pickford: We Must Stand Up And Be Counted

Jordan Pickford has called on his Everton teammates to stand up and be counted ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Watford.

The Blues return to Goodison Park this weekend to take on the eighth-placed Hornets in what will be the first home game since David Unsworth took charge of the first team last week.

And following the Club’s Europa League exit on Thursday, Pickford says the Toffees must pick themselves up quickly as they bid for a first win in nine games.

“We just have to keep going and going. Once you get that little bit of confidence with an early goal or an important save as a keeper or a block as a defender, that just helps us build throughout the team,” said the 23-year-old. “We aren’t short of confidence but that bit of luck we haven’t got yet.

“We’re in a time where you become men and where the characters become big characters in the dressing room. You’ve got to have a bit about you.”

Pickford, who could be poised to win his first full England cap after being included in the Three Lions squad for upcoming friendly matches against Germany and Brazil, says winning for Unsworth is also an added motivation.

“We definitely want to win for him,” added the summer signing from Sunderland. “He has come in and been great with us. He has been straight with, not cutting anything out.

“We want to make sure we are tight defensively and then go forward as an attacking team. If you have that good shape, going forward is the easy bit.”

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