Former Everton and Celtic defender Alan Stubbs has compared the merits of both clubs’ English goalkeepers, Jordan Pickford and Fraser Forster.
Forster was outstanding in the 1-0 Betfred Cup final win over Rangers on Sunday and Stubbs says he is on better form than Three Lions number one Pickford right now.
He told BBC: “When you look at Jordan Pickford, Forster’s probably in better form. He just needs to keep performing very well. If he does then I’ll be very surprised if a call-up is not coming for him very shortly.
“If Neil can do it, it will be the biggest signing he’s made since he’s been back at Celtic. It was a one-man shut-out against Rangers. The saves he made were nothing short of incredible at times.”
Despite a Telegraph report that the Saints can’t recall Forster, Alex Rae added: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Southampton tried to recall him, because they will be monitoring his progress. You would probably be trying to sign him sooner rather than later.”
TBR’s View – Forster on better form but Southgate could well stick with Pickford
Jack Butland may be out of the international picture since the World Cup, but Tom Heaton and Dean Henderson are playing regular Premier League football and have been in Southgate’s plans far more recently than Forster.
It remains to be seen how much Southgate values playing in Scotland – and cup finals and the Europa League – as well as familiarity with the group.
Pickford’s form must be concerning him ahead of Euro 2020 but changing the starting goalkeeper is a big decision, especially if the replacement has not even played for England since May 2016.