Robinson reveals what he really thinks of Pickford and highlights key flaw in Everton star's game
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is often guilty of getting “caught up” in the big-game atmosphere and did so for England against Denmark.
That is according to ex-England shot-stopper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 27-year-old’s performance in last night’s (7th July) European Championship semi-final.
Pickford was beaten for the first time in the tournament by Mikkel Damsgaard’s free-kick which some commentators have suggested he should have saved.
Pickford told the Telegraph in June that he had been using a psychologist to improve his composure.
But Robinson observes that the 37-cap man is still liable to get carried away in the moment on the big stage.
“Pickford didn’t play particularly well last night,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“I was watching the game in the studio. After two minutes I tapped one of the lads on the shoulder and said: ‘He just doesn’t look right tonight, he’s not quite at it’.
“I know he’s been working with a psychologist and a mind coach. But he wasn’t quite switched on and he didn’t have the best match.
“But barring last night, him and Kalvin Phillips have been the best two players at the tournament.
“But I think everything was off with him. He seemed to get involved in the game too much. He was far too quick to apologise for half a mistake.
“He just seemed to get caught up in the atmosphere a little bit too much. We know he’s got that in his game.
“Maybe in the final we’d like to see a more calm, subdued, in-control Jordan Pickford.”