‘Picks himself’: Rio Ferdinand now believes that ‘brilliant’ Everton man is guaranteed to start at the World Cup
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand believes Jordan Pickford is a ‘shoo-in’ to start for England at the World Cup.
There was plenty of discussion surrounding most of the positions in England’s line-up.
However, there was one position that Ferdinand was confident was already wrapped up.
“He’s been in really good form this season, I’ve watched him live against Liverpool, if he doesn’t play Everton get beaten.
“You’ve got to look at his history with England, he’s been brilliant, and he’s still playing and he’s in form.
“For me, Jordan Pickford is a shoo-in in this team.
“Him and Harry Kane are probably the two definite certainties in this team.”
Pickford a shoo-in to start at the World Cup
Jordan Pickford has enjoyed a great start to the season with Everton.
Everton find themselves 13th in the Premier League, after a vital win against West Ham.
Pickford missed their victory over the Hammers with an injury that also ruled him out of England’s final warm-up games.
However, he’s unlikely to be worried about Asmir Begovic stealing his spot at Everton.
Pickford may only have one clean sheet to his name this season, but he’s been on fire between the sticks.
Only three goalkeepers have made more saves than Pickford, and none of them have a higher save percentage than Pickford (all stats via FBRef).
He’s also saved more goals compared to expected goals than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League.
Nick Pope deputised against Italy, but it’s almost certain that Pickford starts for England at the World Cup.
Southgate has plenty to think about before November’s opening match against Iran.
However, Pickford’s form gives him one less thing to worry about.
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