England sealed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena on Friday night, as manager Gareth Southgate's Three Lions put in a solid performance in preparation for the summer World Cup.
Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard got the only goal of the game a minute to the hour mark, while Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was on hand to thwart the efforts of the hosts at the other end.
The 24-year-old kept his second clean sheet in as many appearances for his national team, and despite some few nervous moments, his overall performance was solid.
Southgate was full of praises for Pickford post-game, telling ITV Sport:
“He played excellently. We saw all the attributes he has, he was tidy with his feet and good with decision-making.
“The back three were excellent and the goalkeeper too, the way they were able to play from the back, they played with real composure, and played with intelligence too'.
While the Toffees' shot-stopper will sit out of Tuesday's friendly against Italy, with Stoke's Jack Butland likely to start, Pickford's ability on the ball makes him favorite to be England's number 1 keeper at the World Cup.
According to the Daily Mail, Pickford has already impressed Southgate with his distribution in training, leading to the decision to start him against Netherlands, and given his standout performance for the Merseyside club this term, he has proven himself capable of succeeding Joe Hart. The £30million Everton signing (BBC) has been in goal for his club for every minute of the Premier League campaign this term, making 103 saves and keeping seven clean sheets.