England Boss Full Of Praise For Pickford

Gareth Southgate was full of praise for the talents of Jordan Pickford after the Everton keeper's impressive England debut.

Pickford was handed his first senior international cap on Friday night and played a starring role in the Three Lions' goalless draw against Germany in a friendly at Wembley.

The 23-year-old made two crucial first-half saves to deny Timo Werner when the forward was clean through on goal, and wowed Wembley on numerous ocassions with his pinpoint distribution.

It follows Pickford's impressive displays for Everton this season since he joined the Club in the summer from Sunderland for a fee rising to £30million - a British record for a goalkeeper.

And Southgate, who worked with the Blues' number one during his time as England Under-21s boss, hailed the debutant for his "important" contribution against Germany.

"I remember his first couple of games for the under-21s,” said the England manager. 
“You’re thinking he’s quick around the goal, he makes the saves. 

"You know with goalkeepers there’s various levels, they either save the ones they should save and not much else or they go to the next level where they make match-winning saves.

“He’s certainly made really important saves tonight. 
And of course with his feet he gives the team a different dimension as well.

 “I thought he could be really pleased with his performance."

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