Danny Mills has blasted Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his “naive” behaviour after coming under criticism from the likes of Gary Neville.

The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the shot-stopper should be focusing on performing at the top of his game than calling out pundits for their comments.

Pickford has said that “everyone hates you” when you are an England player, singling out Neville as someone who is targeting the Three Lions’ stars for their performances.

Mills has warned Pickford that his retaliation could now come back to bite him, insisting he has painted a great big target on his back with his comments.

Mills told Football Insider: “Jordan Pickford’s been a little bit naive coming out and starting to pick out pundits and the media. All you do is heap more pressure on yourself.

“There are lots of people who are not willing you to do badly but are quite happy to highlight any sort of mistakes. Sometimes people outside of football believe these players seem a little bit entitled, whatever it might be.

“He’s made some high-profile errors, he’s made some mistakes and I think the worst thing you can do – he was frustrated and didn’t like some of the criticism – but coming out fighting with words and retaliating in that way is not the best way to do it. 

“Don’t start picking on pundits, pundits have nothing to lose. Pundits aren’t under pressure, it doesn’t make any difference. He’s made it even harder for himself because he’s now under even more pressure.” 

Pickford has played 31 times across all competitions this season but has come under fire for a number of errors and poor performances between the sticks.

In other Everton news, Darren Bent has been left fuming over Carlo Ancelotti’s decision which has “killed” one senior star’s chances.