Pickford had enjoyed an excellent first season at Everton, but he was still unproven at the top level.
However, his performances in Russia for England have been nothing short of remarkable.
The Everton stopper was his nation’s hero has England beat Colombia on penalties, and he then produced a man of the match display as the Three Lions got past Sweden in the quarter-finals.
Neville now says that his questions have been answered by the Everton stopper, and he has loved watching the young stopper in action.
“Trippier, Maguire, Jordan Pickford, I would put those three in a category where, before the tournament, I was thinking, ‘Can they step up? The pressure of a World Cup, can they handle it?,” Neville said.
“My biggest question before the tournament was about who was going to be the goalkeeper and whether they would be good enough. Pickford has been superb. That penalty save against Colombia was huge, a brilliant save. Then against Sweden, the saves, the distribution, the belief to give what I would call a full performance. I’ve loved Pickford.”
Pickford will be starting for England tomorrow, when they take on Croatia for a place in the World Cup final.
The Everton stopper’s value and reputation has soared through his performances at the tournament, and he will surely return to Goodison Park an even more accomplished stopper for the experience.