Former Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn was at Goodison Park for the match against another of his old clubs Leeds last month.
We spoke exclusively to Martyn and asked him for his view on Jordan Pickford’s performance having seen it in the flesh.
He said he was impressed with the Toffees number one and said his view was shared by another of the lucky few in attendance.
“I saw Gareth Southgate there – an ex-teammate of mine – so I had a good chat with him,” said Martyn.
“He was running the rule over Pickford and (Kalvin) Phillips as well. He’d have been impressed with both of those. He said both goalies played really well.
“He was happy. I thought (Pickford) had a good game. He settled into the game well.
“He just seems doubly keen, he just needs to calm down a little bit. You can still have the same urgency within yourself but you look more calm.”
“He did make some really good saves on the night, and he needed to. It was the open game we all predicted but without the goals because the goalies played so well.
“I looked at Southgate and said – a bit tongue in cheek – ‘both goalies played well’ and he said ‘yeah, they did’. He also said Phillips ran the show.
“He agreed with me both goalies played well and we had a laugh about me and him playing in this Leeds team now with the amount of running they do!
“He was at the (Burnley) game on Saturday where he had Pickford and Pope and I thought they both played well then too.
“It’s up to Gareth, he’ll eventually make his own decision but Jordan has got the jersey at the moment and it’s his to lose now. He hasn’t made a mistake for England.”
It’s interesting to get the insight from such an experienced goalkeeper on Pickford having seen him in the flesh.
Pickford probably would be better served by a calmer demeanour but he put in an impressive display in front of the England boss on a night where Leeds took 23 shots at his goal.
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