Paul Robinson raved about Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after he showed a different side of his game while representing England.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England No.1 gushed about how good Pickford was during England’s 7-0 win over Montenegro on Thursday.
Pickford played the full 90 minutes of England’s emphatic win over Montenegro but was an unused sub during his nation’s 4-0 win over Kosovo on Sunday with Gareth Southgate opting to try Nick Pope between the sticks.
Robinson revealed he was so impressed that Pickford was able to stay focused in the match with Montenegro as he didn’t have much to do, before claiming that the Toffees keeper deserved more praise for a save he made during the first-half.
When asked if Pickford’s latest England display showed maturity as he stayed focused, Robinson told Football Insider: “Yeah you’re exactly right, the hardest thing for a goalkeeper at international level, actually any level to be honest, is when you’re not involved in the game.
“But he stayed focused and he stayed concentrated, actually he made an absolutely outstanding save to stop a header, there’s wasn’t a lot made of it, in the first-half, yes there were never going to come back and win the game, but it was so important at that stage.
“Everton and Sunderland he has been busy making saves and has regularly been involved in games, but he showed a side of him that we haven’t really seen, he can stay confident, he can stay calm, he can stay focused for 90 minutes and he can make one or two saves that will potentially see a side win the game.
“It wasn’t match-winning the other night, but going forward it could potentially be.”
Pickford has racked up 23 caps for England, despite still only being 25-years-old, since making his debut for his country in November 2017 against Germany.
The Toffees keeper has played 15 times across all competitions for Marco Silva’s side this season and has racked up five clean sheets in the process.