With Euro 2020 now suspended until next year, a host of players will be breathing a sigh of relief, including Everton goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.
The Toffees stopper has been under-fire this season following a number of high-profile errors.
Despite this, Pickford has kept his place as England number one with Gareth Southgate backing his man on more than one occasion.
However, with Dean Henderson and Nick Pope in fine form, calls for Pickford to be replaced were becoming increasingly frequent.
But with Euro 2020 now moved to 2021, Pickford will be hoping he gets a bit of breathing room.
Taking the pressure off
For Pickford, this sort of news couldn’t have come at a better time. The likes of Henderson and Pope were getting better by the week it seemed. With that, came the increase in calls for Pickford to lose his England place.
But now the former Sunderland man can relax a bit more. With friendlies also cancelled, the focus for Pickford can be purely on getting back to his best.
He can put to bed any lingering thoughts of losing his place for the Three Lions. Furthermore, the current ban on football the world over means Pickford can use the time to get mentally right again.
In terms of beneficiaries from the Euro 2020 cancellation, Pickford ranks up there.
There is a flip-side to this
Of course, while the break gives Jordan Pickford some immediate respite, it does pose the question of where things might be in a years’ time.
Henderson could well have not played at all. His future is up in the air with David De Gea still the number one at Man United. On the other hand, he could well be at Sheffield United again with another fine campaign under his belt.
For Nick Pope, he will more than likely still be Burnley’s number one stopper. Pope, at the moment, looks to be the biggest threat to Pickford’s number one spot for England.
However this pans out, the Everton man will be breathing a small sigh of relief given how this current season has gone.