Jordan Pickford ‘is AMAZING that his latest injury setback could cost him a place on England’s Euro 2020 team’ with Everton’s goalkeeper ahead of a race against time to prove his fitness
- Jordan Pickford completely missed the last international break with injury
- Everton’s goalkeeper has not returned to training after the stomach problem
- According to The Sun, Pickford is concerned that he might not be in the showpiece
- Burnley man Nick Pope started all three World Cup qualifiers between the sticks
Jordan Pickford is deeply concerned that his current struggles with injuries could derail his hopes of making England’s Euro 2020 squad.
The Everton man, if fit, was Gareth Southgate’s first choice among the sticks – but didn’t feature in the latest international break with a tummy problem.
And The sun have now claimed that Pickford is ‘terrified’ if more setbacks during his recovery may miss him through a hectic action-packed summer.
Jordan Pickford is reportedly terrified that his latest injury could miss him at Euro 2020
Pickford remains on the treatment table after being forced to compete in the three World Cup qualifiers – and is aware that he must be 100 percent ready.
Boss Southgate is believed to have a firm rule not to bring semi-fit players to summer tournaments and Pickford would be hopeful he won’t make a mistake.
The 27-year-old has yet to return to first-team training at Goodison Park, but may participate later this month.
Gareth Southgate has started telling his players that they are unlikely to travel this summer
A number of other injury woes have seen Pickford endure a mixed campaign for his club – with his performance dropping noticeably and scrutinizing heavily.
His last appearance for Everton came in the 2-1 defeat to Burnley on March 13. He was pulled out before the break.
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope pulled the No. 1 jersey during Pickford’s absence from England’s recent games and was impressed.
Pickford, photographed in action last November, did not appear in the last international break
Pope, 28, is known for his confidence and athleticism for the Turf Moor outfit, but the question remains whether he will be selected ahead of a fit Pickford.
He has been criticized in some quarters for his role in the Polish leveler at Wembley on Wednesday, having played from the back before John Stones made his mistake.
Dean Henderson and Sam Johnstone were the other two shot stoppers mentioned in the squad – but of the two, it’s likely the Manchester United man who travels.
Nick Pope started all of England’s qualifiers, but doubts remain about the position
Southgate revealed that he has already had ‘terrible’ conversations with several English players to explain where they feature in his plans ahead of the tournament.
Sportsmail understands that Trent Alexander-Arnold and Michael Keane have already spoken to the Three Lions coach.
It is also thought that, despite reports to the contrary, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho are on course to be elected despite Jesse Lingard’s reborn form at West Ham.