Neville Southall believes Everton's Pickford can become world's best goalkeeper

Jordan Pickford of England looks on after a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia.

Jordan Pickford is the name on every England fan's lips at the moment, and Neville Southall believes the Everton man can become the best in the world.

Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the England training session on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall thinks that Jordan Pickford has all the tools to become 'the best goalkeeper in the world' later on in his career.

Southall has watched the 24-year-old emerge as one of England's most important players at the World Cup, pulling off some incredible saves and displaying a general air of calm which has been so absent in recent years.

The former Sunderland man, who signed for Everton in the summer of 2017 for £30 million as reported by BBC Sport, was fighting it out with Jack Butland before jetting out to Russia for the tournament, and his performances so far have had people wondering why there was ever a debate.

Pickford has gained a lot of admirers, and former Toffees goalkeeper Southall has sung his praises ahead of the crucial semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday.

He told the Guardian: "Pickford has been crucial. He marshals his defence well, his kicking is better than it was last season for Everton and he has a good understanding with his defence. This World Cup has proved he can be a top-class keeper.

"Jordan has to ask himself only one question now. How good does he want to be? If he wants to be the best in the world, then he must go for it because he’s got the tools to do it.

28 Oct 1996:  Neville Southall of Everton in action during the FA Carling Premier league match between Nottingham Forest and Everton at the City Ground In Nottingham. Everton won the match...

"He just needs to keep working hard, have some luck, stay clear of injuries and have the mindset of a top‑drawer goalkeeper. If people leave him alone, he’ll be England’s number one for the next 10 years. Would anyone fancy penalties against England and Pickford now? Not really."

Croatia won't take too much notice of Southall's final comments - they have two penalty shootout victories to their name after squeezing past Denmark and Russia, to England's one against Colombia.

Juventus' Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic has admitted he has respect for Pickford, but says his team are still confident of scoring past the man in form, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Jordan Pickford of England celebrates following his sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara,...

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