'Too good to ignore': David Moyes says Everton have a truly 'outstanding' player in their ranks
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been praised by David Moyes ahead of England’s Euro 2020 semi-final.
The Toffees goalkeeper has enjoyed a sensational tournament, keeping five clean sheets out of five.
Tonight, Pickford will hope to help England reach their first major tournament final since 1966.
Gareth Southgate’s charges take on Denmark at Wembley, with the winner set to face Italy on Sunday.
Moyes, who managed Pickford at Sunderland, used his column in The Times to praise the Everton and England ace.
“On the rare times someone has opened (England) up, Pickford has made very good saves,” wrote the former Everton boss.
“At Sunderland I promoted Jordan even though he was young, because his work in training was too good to ignore.
“He was very difficult to beat in the practice games and drills and you’d see him jumping up and roaring with pleasure when he made saves.
“He clearly had the personality to go with his ability, which was outstanding.
“We got relegated [in 2016-17], but would have gone down a lot earlier had Jordan not been so good.
“I always thought that he was going to go on to big things.
“Like a lot of young players, his decision-making was something he would need to improve and he really has.
In this tournament his attitude is: “I’m keeping clean sheets, I’m not taking risks, I’m not giving anything away.”
Pickford is guaranteed the Euro 2020 Golden Glove, with no other goalkeeper able to match his five clean sheets.
Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, his closest contender, conceded against Spain, so four clean sheets is the maximum he can achieve.