Everton Exclusive: Paul Robinson delivers verdict on axing Jordan Pickford
Paul Robinson has claimed that Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has enough “credit in the bank” to retain his England number one jersey.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former international stopper suggested that the 25-year-old was still Gareth Southgate’s best option between the sticks, despite some patchy form of late.
Pickford’s most recent blunder came in the Toffees’ 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in Saturday when he allowed a fairly innocuous shot from Christian Benteke to slip under his body.
But Robinson still believes that the ex-Sunderland man is England’s first choice.
“Personally, I think his stock at international level, I think he’s got quite a bit of credit in the bank,” he told Football Insider.
“He’s the number one at the moment.
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“Tom Heaton, very unfortunately, has picked up a bad injury that will keep him out for the season, but he was playing outstandingly well, and he was probably his nearest contender.
“Nick Pope’s probably not at the top of his game playing in a Burnley team that have struggled of late.
“[Dean] Henderson at Sheffield United, he’s probably playing the best out of the England goalkeepers at the moment, but do you take the risk of an unexperienced, uncapped keeper going into a major tournament? You don’t.
“I think it gives Pickford the edge at the moment. He’s got the experience, he’s got the jersey, and I think for me he’s the number one.”
Pickford has been an ever-present for the Toffees so far this season, featuring in all 26 of their Premier League matches and keeping six clean sheets in the process.
Over the course of his 133 Premier League appearances, the league themselves have adjudged him to have made 11 errors that have resulted directly in opposition goals.
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