Jermaine Jenas told Match of the Day Live on BBC One that he thinks Jordan Pickford has grown up as an England player, but ‘question marks’ still remain about him at Everton.
The Everton shot-stopper helped England record a 1-0 win against Croatia in their Euro 2020 opener on Saturday, with Raheem Sterling scoring the only goal of the game.
Pickford didn’t have much to do in between the sticks, but when called upon, the Everton number one remained calm and composed during the pressure moments, especially towards the end.
As England were trying to get over the line, this is what Jenas had to say about Pickford, as he showed composure and claimed a number of catches just in stoppage-time.
“He’s added some calm their to proceedings,” said Jenas. “I think in an England shirt he has (on Pickford growing up), definitely.
“I think that Gareth Southgate trusts him. There are question marks over him on a weekly basis and whether he should be England’s number one.
“But, in an England shirt, he seems to be able to deliver and carry that number one jersey, which has been tough for a number of goalkeepers over the years.”
It’s an interesting one when it comes to Pickford’s career because for England he is a world-beater, yet for Everton, he produces calamitous moments.
He was a standout performer for England at the 2018 World Cup and has never put a foot or glove wrong when on international duty.
Everton fans will be wondering why they don’t see this from Pickford on a weekly basis at club level because they would be much better off if he did.