Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been quoted by Goal.com as saying that he looked up to West Ham United flop Joe Hart, who he has since overtaken in the England rankings.
Pickford, 24, is likely to start for The Three Lions on Monday evening as England face Tunisia in their first game of the World Cup, with the former Sunderland man set to start over Jack Butland and Nick Pope.
Joe Hart, who flopped at West Ham on loan from Manchester City during the 2017-18 season, was expected to be a member of The England World Cup squad - but his performances were deemed bad enough to be dropped.
Despite this, Pickford admitted that he looked up to Hart during his development on Wearside, as Hart developed a reputation as one of the World's best goalkeepers at Manchester City.
"When I was younger, it was always [Joe] Hart I looked up to. They’re the ones who have got experience but I am always learning and always wanting to improve," Pickford said.
Pickford kept 12 clean sheets in 46 league and cup appearances last season, despite having a defence in front of him that failed to plug the leak throughout the season - despite the appointment of defensive-minded manager Sam Allardyce.
He won Everton's Player of the Season award, proving that he was worth every penny of the £25million transfer fee that saw Everton land the England stopper from Sunderland last summer.