Jordan Pickford comments on the learning experience with England

England's Jordan Pickford during training

Pickford's fine form saw him rewarded with a call-up to the England senior side.

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has told the Sunderland Echo that his time with the England senior squad was a good learning experience for him.

Pickford was called up to the latest senior squad and was deputising for Joe Hart and Tom Heaton.

England's Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford arrive for training

The Sunderland stopper was rewarded with a call-up thanks to some excellent performances for the Black Cats in what has been a difficult start to the season for the club. 

Pickford is determined to get more experience with the England side, telling the Sunderland Echo: “It was great to be training with and learning from Joe Hart and Tom Heaton every day and being involved in the team.

“I always want to get better and what an experience it was to be away with the national team.

“It certainly gave me a taste for more and I just have to keep working as hard as possible."

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford

Pickford has taken the opportunity that was presented to him by Vito Mannone's injury earlier in the season, and he is currently keeping his more experienced teammate out of the starting XI. 

The only way he is going to keep getting call-ups to the national side is to keep himself ahead of Mannone in the pecking order at the Stadium of Light and continue to put in some fine performances.

The 22-year-old seems very keen to learn and improve, and it is not just more game time that will do that for him. Getting points off other goalkeepers and coaches can help him improve in areas that he perhaps feels need addressing. He is an exciting talent who is only going to get better. 

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford

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