Everton’s Jordan Pickford played in a dramatic 5-3 win against Kosovo on Tuesday night – and some England fans on Twitter ripped into him for his performance.
England beat Kosovo in an eight-goal thriller at St Mary’s in a European Championship group stage qualifier.
Gareth Southgate’s team have now won all four group matches and once again flexed their muscles going forward, as a forward line of Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane impressed.
After conceding in the opening minute, the Three Lions responded with five unanswered goals before half-time.
But England did lose the second-half by a 2-0 scoreline and there is certainly defensive improvements to be made ahead of next summer’s European Championship.
Everton’s Michael Keane gifted Kosovo their early opening goal with a mistimed pass, while Manchester United’s Harry Maguire conceded a penalty for their third goal.
A selection of England supporters on social media were not pleased with the performance of number one Pickford in net.
He saw the opening goal lifted over him with a decent finish, while he was left with no chance with the second strike that was curled into the top corner.
Everton’s shot-stopper did get a hand to the penalty and may have felt he should have kept it out, but it seems a tad harsh to criticise for that.
It was certainly a horrid night for the backline that Southgate must address, but it was the defenders in front of the goalkeeper who should take on more of the blame.
Here are some England fans on Pickford:
Pickford awful also
— Lil Lew✖️.⬛️⬜️ (@LewisEdward08) September 10, 2019
What was Pickford’s plan there? Let him have the shot? #ENGKOS
— Boaby Dazzler (@BobbyDazzzzzler) September 10, 2019
Pickford doesn’t fill me with confidence if I’m honest .In fact the whole defence is a worry
— Paul Turner (@st07pat) September 10, 2019
Pickford’s hands made of foam?
— Chris Kent (@Kentworthy) September 10, 2019
Pickford should have an Ederson masterclass to learn how to use his feet properly
— Marwan (@Marwan4EM) September 10, 2019
Honest to god how shocking is Pickford… #ENGKOS
— Harry Power (@harrypowerr) September 10, 2019
Pickford is another one. Basic Basic goalie who concedes loads of goals
— C O N N O R (@ConnorHarry) September 10, 2019
Terrible from Pickford.
— Anthony B (@Fulhamflutter) September 10, 2019