Alan Shearer has namechecked two Everton players when discussing England’s recent loss to the Czech Republic.
England lost 2-1 in Prague in a game in which they never truly got started. There were plenty of poor performances all over the pitch but perhaps none more so than the display of Everton defender Michael Keane.
His club form spilled over into national duty and has now been punished. Keane has been dropped for this evening’s game with Bulgaria, according to The Telegraph.
Shearer also mentioned Jordan Pickford in his column for The Sun, in which he highlighted just how poor England were against the Czechs.
“You could make a case for Friday’s team being a surprise, as four of the back five are going through a tough spell.
“Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane with Everton, Harry Maguire with Manchester United and Danny Rose with Tottenham.
“You look at their form and their club results and they weren’t exactly bouncing going into the international break.
“Perhaps you would like to think they could go in fresh and look at it as an opportunity but clearly they didn’t do that.”
There is no doubt that Keane is in something of a spiral. His form with England this season has been atrocious and Everton fans are certainly not impressed with his recent displays at Goodison Park.
His place as a leader at Everton is under question, with their woeful set-piece record largely his responsibility.
Pickford, meanwhile, has struggled to find any consistent form since starring for England at last summer’s World Cup. He actually had one of his better games of the season in Prague but confidence has to be an issue with the Everton stopper.
Hopefully, both can start to regain their form as soon as possible, with Everton currently sitting in the Premier League relegation zone.