'I do not know': Paul Merson shocked by £30m player who's reportedly tempted to join Tottenham
Paul Merson has criticised England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his role in France’s first goal on Saturday night.
Aurélien Tchouaméni made it 1-0 after 17 minutes of the World Cup quarter-final as the reigning champions won 2-1.
Pickford could be tempted by the chance to leave Everton, with Tottenham interested, journalist Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport.
He said: “Pickford is in line for the Golden Glove at this World Cup and could be tempted to make a move to a better performing club than Everton. Tottenham are interested.”
Merson on Pickford
“Why Jordan Pickford was on his goal line when the ball was 25, 30 yards out I do not know.
“If Pickford was on the edge of his six-yard box, he probably catches Aurelien Tchouameni’s shot.”
Down the years, we have seen plenty of outfield players pass judgement on goalkeepers without knowing the position in depth.
He said: “I really do think that Pickford should be a little bit further out. This is a long, long way out. I mean you shouldn’t be beaten.
“Even though it goes through the legs of Bellingham. He’s not unsighted. He should be further up.”
It was a brilliant strike and the criticism does feel harsh on Pickford but that is the life of a goalkeeper and small margins cost England on a heartbreaking night.
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