Pickford Shutout Helps England to Victory

Jordan Pickford helped England secure a dominant 2-0 win over Malta in Friday night's EURO 2024 Qualification clash at Wembley. 

Everton's goalkeeper earned his 57th senior cap and 28th international clean sheet for England who are already assured of a place in next summer's tournament. 

The Three Lions took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes through an own goal from Malta's Enrico Pepe. Harry Kane added a second in the 75th minute before Declan Rice looked to have put the result beyond doubt two minutes later. However, VAR intervened and ruled the strike out for offside. 

It proved ineffectual as England coasted to full-time to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches. 

Elsewhere, Youssef Chermiti was the star of the show for Portugal Under-20s as he netted a goal on either side of half-time to help his side overcome Norway Under-20s 2-1. 

It's now three goals in two matches for summer recruit Chermiti who also scored for Everton Under-21s in the 1-0 EFL Trophy victory last week at Mansfield. 

While Everton Under-21s goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban - currently on loan at Farsley Celtic - played a full 90 minutes for Slovenia Under-21s as they drew 1-1 with Turkey Under-21s.