Jordan Pickford has pulled out of England squad due to a thigh strain he picked up with Everton according to the statement released by the FA earlier today.
Everton's English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford applauds the fans
The statement on the FA website read: "Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has left the England camp and returned to Everton. Having reported to St. George’s Park on Sunday evening, the 23-year-old underwent an assessment on a muscle injury sustained playing for his club".
“Gareth Southgate will now prepare for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia with the remaining three goalkeepers in his 27-man squad".
This will undoubtedly be a worry for the Everton management given the former Sunderland man's form in the first three games in the Premier League. The youngster has slotted in seamlessly at Goodison making 11 saves in those games for the Toffees.
However, apart from his obvious shot stopping ability, manager Ronald Koeman has used the 23-year old to start counter attacks, highlighting his distribution skills which often goes unnoticed.
Jordan Pickford of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton
Games come thick and fast for Everton, with Tottenham up next. Given how Mauricio Pochettino's side like to press from the front, Pickford's ability to pick out players will be integral to countering the high-pressing.
The injury, as per the report doesn't seem to be very serious given the Everton medical team decided to allow the youngster to the England training camp.
However, in case Pickford isn't able to recover in time, the Toffees have able replacements in Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles. Stekelenburg, who seems to be the number two at the moment, has already started a game in the Europa League this season.