Everton's Jordan Pickford ready to end England's penalty shootout curse by taking one himself

Jordan Pickford of England trains at St Georges Park on May 28, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

England have lost six of seven penalty shootouts since the 1990 World Cup, and Pickford has offered to help if it comes to that in Russia.

Jordan Pickford of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has high hopes for England at the World Cup, and he is ready to do anything to help out.

That includes stepping up to take a penalty kick if it comes down to that in Russia.

The Three Lions have failed in six of their seven penalty shootouts since the 1990 World Cup, and are preparing especially for the potential kicks under manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the summer tournament.

The ball-playing Pickford is willing to lend a helping hand as he has started practising his shooting should a knockout tie go to spot-kicks next month.

“If I need to step up, I’ll take one,” the 24-year-old said, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

“I’ve got no issue with that… I’m always practising in training.

Everton's English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kicks the ball during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on October 25,...

“I remember the Under-17s World Cup. I was down as third to take one. The manager, John Peacock, changed it so I dropped to seventh and the lad who took the third penalty smashed it over the bar.”

Pickford is already favourite to play in goal at the World Cup ahead of Stoke City's Jack Butland due to his abilities on the ball, and his latest comments show how confident he is in his footwork.

England were dumped out of the 2006 World Cup in the quarter finals by Portugal through penalties, while they lost to Germany in the second round of the 2010 edition and failed to advance beyond the group stage in 2014 after losing to Italy and Uruguay.

Jordan Pickford of England looks on during the International Friendly between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on November 10, 2017 in London, England.

The Three Lions will hope to go one better in Russia, but it remains to be seen if Southgate will be willing to call on Pickford to take a spot-kick if a knockout game ends in a penalty shootout.

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