Jordan Pickford hails Aaron Ramsdale, Nick Pope and ‘loyal’ Gareth Southgate… and the Everton goalkeeper says turning to England psychiatrist Steve Peters has ‘definitely worked’ for his career
- Jordan Pickford knows Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope are pursuing his position
- The Everton goalkeeper hit good form despite his side’s Premier League struggle
- England No1 Pickford is grateful for Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate’s loyalty
- Pickford says his use of England psychiatrist Steve Peters has ‘definitely worked’
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Jordan Pickford has said being pushed by Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope for the England No 1 spot helped contribute to his end-of-season exploits with Everton.
Gareth Southgate has always kept faith with Pickford despite pressure on his position and the goalkeeper responded with world-class saves to keep the Toffees in the Premier League.
He still needs to keep standards high to remain first choice for Qatar and admitted: ‘There are always people trying to chase you and get that spot off you so it’s about keeping pushing boundaries.
Jordan Pickford (centre) knows the likes of Aaron Ramsdale (left) and Sam Johnstone rival him
The England goalkeeper has praised Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate over his loyalty
‘I think it’s better for me when Rammers is pushing because that’s pushing me to go even further to get even better.
‘I feel I’ve been pushed all the time with Popey [Nick Pope], Deano [Henderson], Rammers, Sam [Johnstone].
‘I appreciate the manager’s loyalty. I’ve known him since the Under 21s and I was there when he got the job with the seniors so yes he’s stuck by me.’
Psychiatrist Steve Peters has also helped Pickford to cope with the pressure of internationals
Pickford has spoken openly about using psychiatrist Steve Peters to help him cope with pressure and he has reached a World Cup semi-final and Euro 2020 final as a result.
‘It was a really big help. The psychiatrist part definitely worked for me,’ he added.
England will play four Nations League games in 10 days in June, beginning away to Hungary on Saturday.