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Pickford: I'll Keep Getting Better For Club And Country

England's number one on early football memories, love for Everton and future goal.

Jordan Pickford has vowed to build on his impressive form to reach new levels for both Club and country.

England's first-choice goalkeeper took his international clean sheet tally to 21 on his 41st appearance for the Three Lions, as Gareth Southgate's side recorded a crucial 5-0 victory over Albania at Wembley on their way to qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

That performance, which included an outstanding one-on-one save to deny Myrto Uzuni with the lead at 1-0, earned Pickford a rest as England breezed past San Marino with a 10-0 away win to confirm their place at next year's winter tournament in Qatar.

But it's not just on the international stage where Pickford has caught the eye.

The 27-year-old registered his 50th shutout for Everton last time out in the goalless draw with Spurs, a significant milestone that punctuates an impeccable run of form dating back to the beginning of the calendar year.


So far this Premier League campaign, Pickford has made 27 saves and kept three clean sheets in 10 appearances, figures made increasingly impressive in the context of an xG-against per shot average of 0.32 - higher than any of his England colleagues competing in the top flight.

"I feel like I'm in a really good moment," said Pickford. "I'm striving to get better and better - not just resting on where I am now, I want to keep reaching levels where I can keep improving, whether that's on the training pitch or wherever. 

"I train hard every day, I always have done. Then, I try to go and put that into performances on a Saturday, or whenever the game is."

Pickford's earliest football memories date back to playing street football in his hometown Washington, with his brother - who is six years his senior - and friends.

And, while the town streets of Washington have been replaced with state-of-the-art football arenas around the globe, Pickford says the raw passion for the art of goalkeeping that was born back then still burns just as fiercely today. 

"I was like the guinea pig in goal!" he admitted. "It'd be jumpers for goalposts and I'd be the one diving about on the tarmac. 

"I hate conceding goals - I hated it back then, too. 


"I've got the same desire to keep the ball out now as I had back then.

"I was that young goalkeeper with no fear, coming for crosses, making saves, diving at people's feet - it's all part of what I am and who I am.

"Sometimes, you can be technically perfect but sometimes it's about getting in the way of the ball and helping out your teammates. 

"I always say enjoy what you do. We're in a privileged position as footballers and not many people get this opportunity. 

"You have to take it all in, enjoy the experience and be free... Be who you are... Be that Jordan Pickford in goal who was diving around on the tarmac but doing it in the Premier League and enjoying it."

Pickford has made 172 appearances for the Toffees since making a then-Club-record switch from Sunderland in the summer of 2017.

Jordan Pickford
For me, Everton is the People's Club and there's huge passion that comes with that.


He has established himself as a popular figure both in the dressing room and among Evertonians with key performances on the pitch and his personality off it.

"For me, Everton is the People's Club and there's huge passion that comes with that," added Pickford, when asked what the Club means to him. "That's what I thrive off - seeing the fans having a good time.

"It's what makes me hate losing so much as well, because, obviously we're losing as individuals and as a team but we're also losing for them. 

"When I'm out on the pitch and I'm shouting, it is just passion. It's not negative vibes - it's about being positive and trying to help my teammates, to give them that motivation and be determined. 

"If I didn't have that passion and desire to win, then what's the point in playing football? 

"I'm not going to be sat there like laid-back Luke - I've got to have that emotion, controlled emotion, desire and maturity on the pitch."

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Pickford: I'll Keep Getting Better For Club And Country

Jordan Pickford has vowed to build on his impressive form to reach new levels for both Club and country.

England's first-choice goalkeeper took his international clean sheet tally to 21 on his 41st appearance for the Three Lions, as Gareth Southgate's side recorded a crucial 5-0 victory over Albania at Wembley on their way to qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

That performance, which included an outstanding one-on-one save to deny Myrto Uzuni with the lead at 1-0, earned Pickford a rest as England breezed past San Marino with a 10-0 away win to confirm their place at next year's winter tournament in Qatar.

But it's not just on the international stage where Pickford has caught the eye.

The 27-year-old registered his 50th shutout for Everton last time out in the goalless draw with Spurs, a significant milestone that punctuates an impeccable run of form dating back to the beginning of the calendar year.


So far this Premier League campaign, Pickford has made 27 saves and kept three clean sheets in 10 appearances, figures made increasingly impressive in the context of an xG-against per shot average of 0.32 - higher than any of his England colleagues competing in the top flight.

"I feel like I'm in a really good moment," said Pickford. "I'm striving to get better and better - not just resting on where I am now, I want to keep reaching levels where I can keep improving, whether that's on the training pitch or wherever. 

"I train hard every day, I always have done. Then, I try to go and put that into performances on a Saturday, or whenever the game is."

Pickford's earliest football memories date back to playing street football in his hometown Washington, with his brother - who is six years his senior - and friends.

And, while the town streets of Washington have been replaced with state-of-the-art football arenas around the globe, Pickford says the raw passion for the art of goalkeeping that was born back then still burns just as fiercely today. 

"I was like the guinea pig in goal!" he admitted. "It'd be jumpers for goalposts and I'd be the one diving about on the tarmac. 

"I hate conceding goals - I hated it back then, too. 


"I've got the same desire to keep the ball out now as I had back then.

"I was that young goalkeeper with no fear, coming for crosses, making saves, diving at people's feet - it's all part of what I am and who I am.

"Sometimes, you can be technically perfect but sometimes it's about getting in the way of the ball and helping out your teammates. 

"I always say enjoy what you do. We're in a privileged position as footballers and not many people get this opportunity. 

"You have to take it all in, enjoy the experience and be free... Be who you are... Be that Jordan Pickford in goal who was diving around on the tarmac but doing it in the Premier League and enjoying it."

Pickford has made 172 appearances for the Toffees since making a then-Club-record switch from Sunderland in the summer of 2017.

Jordan Pickford
For me, Everton is the People's Club and there's huge passion that comes with that.


He has established himself as a popular figure both in the dressing room and among Evertonians with key performances on the pitch and his personality off it.

"For me, Everton is the People's Club and there's huge passion that comes with that," added Pickford, when asked what the Club means to him. "That's what I thrive off - seeing the fans having a good time.

"It's what makes me hate losing so much as well, because, obviously we're losing as individuals and as a team but we're also losing for them. 

"When I'm out on the pitch and I'm shouting, it is just passion. It's not negative vibes - it's about being positive and trying to help my teammates, to give them that motivation and be determined. 

"If I didn't have that passion and desire to win, then what's the point in playing football? 

"I'm not going to be sat there like laid-back Luke - I've got to have that emotion, controlled emotion, desire and maturity on the pitch."