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Which English stopper has performed best in the Premier League this season?

Jordan Pickford from Everton is coming under increasing pressure in his attempt to retain England’s number 1 for the euro this summer.

Pickford received heavy criticism against Crystal Palace on Saturday for admitting a very soft goal – allowing Christian Benteke’s harmless attack to sneak under his body in Goodison Park.

And after the last whistle on the weekend, Pickford – who became a national hero just 18 months ago for the lead role on the World Cup for the Three Lions – tore into those who continue to criticize the performances of the English stopper.

Jordan Pickford from Everton came under fire on Saturday because of his foul against Crystal Palace

Jordan Pickford from Everton came under fire on Saturday because of his foul against Crystal Palace

“The press and everyone, the gamblers – look at Gary Neville,” Pickford began. “They just want to come for English players. Everyone gets a stick. That is part of being an English player. You have to live with it, you have to learn.

‘You just keep it away from your head, because the only person who can sort things out is yourself, in the field and in training. Every player from England gets a stick. Some receive much more praise than others. Look at Joe Hart when he was No. 1. He received peelers every week. “

Pickford continued with a remarkable statement: “It is easy to see. Everyone hates you for some reason. I’ll just continue with it. I know what I am capable of and I know what I am good at. Yes, it hurts.

“I know I’ve been good for England. It’s funny because everyone is excited about you when you are with England, but then you go back to your club and everyone wants to give you a slate. I will not let it influence me. But it makes you difficult. “

The future of England’s No. 1 position on the road to the euro remains uncertain with the will of Dean Henderson and Nick Pope waiting in the wings to take the position of Pickford.

The pair, especially Sheffield United goalkeeper Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – made a huge impression this season and come forward at an extremely crucial time for this summer’s tournament.

Here Sportsmail looks at how Pickford relates to his compatriots in the Premier League …

JORDAN PICKFORD

Games played: 25

Minutes played: 2340

Saves: 63

Saves per 90: 2.4

Saving percentage: 62.4

Goals admitted: 38

Clean sheets: 6

Errors leading to goals: 2

Penalties faced: 1

Penalties saved: 0

Penalties admitted: 1

Appropriate accuracy: 56.29

xGOT: 34.38

Awarded goals (excl. Own goals): 36

Prevent goals: -1.6

JORDAN PICKFORD – EVERTON

Pickford, who made his debut in England in November 2017 during a scoreless draw in Wembley against Germany, has played all 26 games for the Toffees – currently enjoying a wave of form under Carlo Ancelotti.

During those 26 top flying competitions, he admitted 38 times, retaining six blank sheets for the Goodison Park outfit.

The 25-year-old has produced 63 saves in total this season, which amounts to 2.4 per game and has a save percentage of 62.4.

In addition, Pickford has made two mistakes so far that have led to goals and admitted 1.6 more goals than he should have done this season.

He was expected to have awarded 34.38 goals in this phase of the season, but he allowed 36 in total.

An important reason why Southgate favors Pickford is his ability to play from behind and the Everton man proves him right in this sense.

He has a passing accuracy of 56.29 percent, which is the best of any other English goalkeeper in the league.

Pickford is under enormous pressure to maintain its place as the No. 1 of England for the euro this summer

Pickford is under enormous pressure to maintain its place as the No. 1 of England for the euro this summer

Pickford is under enormous pressure to maintain its place as the No. 1 of England for the euro this summer

DEAN HENDERSON

Games: 25

Minutes played: 2250

Saves: 65

Saves per 90: 2.6

Save percentage: 75.0

Goals admitted: 21

Clean sheets: 9

Errors leading to goals: 1

Penalties faced: 2

Penalty points saved: 1

Penalties allowed: 0

Appropriate accuracy: 34.25

xGOT: 27.22

Awarded goals (excl. Own goals): 21

Avoid targets: 6.2

DEAN HENDERSON – SHEFFIELD UNITED

Henderson is putting strong pressure on Pickford for the No. 1 jersey of England this summer, after being loaned to the Premier League with Sheffield United, who is famously chasing after a Champions League spot.

The goalkeeper, aiming to dispel David de Gea as the number 1 of Manchester United in the future, has played an important role in the Blades, remarkably just two points drifting from the Champions League places with 12 games remaining save.

Henderson has retained the joint highest amount of zero in the Premier League with nine out of 25 games. The only game he played this period came back to his parent club in November last year.

The 22-year-old, who made Southgate’s team for the last international break, has made a brilliant save percentage of 75.0, representing 2.6 per game.

The most striking thing about Henderson’s statistics is how many goals he has prevented this campaign to date.

Henderson was expected to have conceded 27.22 goals, but in fact he only let in 21 for the high-flying Blades by Chris Wilder.

The area in which Henderson can improve is with the ball at his feet. He has a passing accuracy of only 34.25, which is the lowest of the seven English keepers in the Premier League.

Dean Henderson is perhaps Pickford's biggest challenger for the English number 1 jersey

Dean Henderson is perhaps Pickford's biggest challenger for the English number 1 jersey

Dean Henderson is perhaps Pickford’s biggest challenger for the English number 1 jersey

NICK POPE

Games played: 25

Minutes played: 2250

Saves: 79

Saves per 90: 3.2

Save percentage: 67.0

Goals admitted: 38

Clean sheets: 9

Errors leading to goals: 2

Penalties faced: 3

Penalty points saved: 1

Penalties admitted: 2

Appropriate accuracy: 37.8

xGOT: 33.72

Awarded goals (excl. Own goals): 37

Avoid targets: -3.3

NICK POPE – BURNLEY

Burnley goalkeeper Pope is also expected to provide competition for both Pickford and Henderson this summer, when England begins its Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia in Wembley on June 14.

Pope made 79 rescues for the Clarets in 25 Premier League matches – this equals 3.2 per game, better than Pickford and Henderson.

The 27-year-old has eliminated Premier League-teams nine times so far this season, jointly highest with Henderson, but he has admitted 17 times more (38).

And just like Everton shot-stopper Pickford, Pope has made two mistakes that lead to goals this time limit, while his prevented goal ratio is down.

Paus, who has played twice for the Three Lions, has admitted 3.3 times more goals than he should have done in this season.

The Burnley star sent 37 (excluding its own targets), while it would have admitted a total of only 33.72.

Nick Pope has impressed Burnley and will see a place on the Gareth Southgate team

Nick Pope has impressed Burnley and will see a place on the Gareth Southgate team

Nick Pope has impressed Burnley and will see a place on the Gareth Southgate team

TOM HEATON

Games played: 20

Minutes played: 1795

Saves: 68

Saves per 90: 3.4

Save percentage: 66.0

Goals admitted: 35

Clean sheets: 4

Errors leading to goals: 0

Penalties faced: 3

Penalties saved: 0

Penalties admitted: 3

Appropriate accuracy: 51.99

xGOT: 28.82

Awarded goals (excl. Own goals): 34

Prevent goals: -5.2

TOM HEATON – ASTON VILLA

Heaton joined Aston Villa in the summer because he was looking for regular playing time after being defeated by Pope for the Burnley No. 1 jersey.

But the English goalie found it difficult this season because Villa desperately looks forward to beating the drop – they are 17th, just one point above the Premier League relegation zone.

And to make matters worse, he is excluded for the remainder of the season after a serious knee injury during the 2-1 win at his former club Burnley on New Year’s Day.

Before his injury, Heaton had admitted 35 goals in just 20 games that played behind a leaky Villa defense that struggled to tackle the formidable Premier League forces.

Heaton, who made 68 rescues during his 20 appearances (3.4 per game), saved only three zero for his long setback at Turf Moor.

He also has the worst record in terms of preventable goals. The goalkeeper who is plagued by injuries has sent 34 strikes (excluding own goals), when it was expected that he only admitted 28.82.

Tom Heaton was a busy man in the Aston Villa goal before he sustained a serious knee injury

Tom Heaton was a busy man in the Aston Villa goal before he sustained a serious knee injury

Tom Heaton was a busy man in the Aston Villa goal before he sustained a serious knee injury

AARON RAMSDALE

Games played: 25

Minutes played: 2250

Saves: 87

Saves per 90: 3.5

Save percentage: 69.9

Goals admitted: 37

Clean sheets: 4

Errors leading to goals: 1

Penalties faced: 3

Penalties saved: 0

Penalties admitted: 3

Appropriate accuracy: 54.82

xGOT: 36.30

Awarded goals (excl. Own goals): 37

Avoid targets: -0.7

AARON RAMSDALE – BOURNEMOUTH

Ramsdale emerged as a contender for a future spot in the Three Lions team after taking over the sticks for wrestling with Bournemouth, defeated 2-1 Sunday by Henderson’s Sheffield United.

The 21-year-old has the second highest saving percentage ratio (69.9) of his goalkeepers, with which he has achieved a total of 87 out of 25 games.

But Ramsdale has sent a lot – 37 in total in 25 games, while Bournemouth wants to stabilize the ship in their battle to beat the drop at the end of the season.

He has only kept four clean sheets for Eddie Howe’s men, who are currently 16th in the Premier League – only two points above the dreaded relegation zone with the business end of the season approaching.

However, he did well on the passing front in front of Howe’s side, who want to dictate the pace of the game.

The pass accuracy of Ramsdale is 54.82 percent, which is only improved by current England No. 1 Pickford.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has emerged as a clear prospect for England

Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has emerged as a clear prospect for England

Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has emerged as a clear prospect for England

ALEX McCARTHY

Games played: 15

Minutes played: 1350

Saves: 43

Saves per 90: 2.9

Savings percentage: 67.2

Goals admitted: 21

Clean sheets: 3

Errors leading to goals: 0

Penalties faced: 1

Penalties saved: 0

Penalties admitted: 1

Appropriate accuracy: 44.38

xGOT: 19.07

Awarded goals (excl. Own goals): 21

Avoid targets: -1.9

ALEX McCARTHY – SOUTHAMPTON

McCarthy played the least of the English goalkeepers in the top flight, with only 15 times and so far only played 1,350 minutes for this campaign.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper has recently helped Ralph Hasenhuttl rise on the Premier League table.

McCarthy, whose chances seem small to earn a place in the traveling Southgate team for the euro, has a safe percentage ratio of 67.2, which is 2.9 per game.

He has kept three clean sheets, admitted 21 times for the St Mary outfit – who are now 13th in the Premier League after their fate seemed doomed after their humiliating 9-0 defeat at home against Leicester in October.

Furthermore, McCarthy – who joined Southampton in 2016 – made no mistakes that led to goals, giving the Saints a safe pair of hands while trying to stay further away from the relegation zone.

And finally, he admitted 1.9 goals more than he had expected in this part of the season.

Alex McCarthy has impressed Southampton in-form during their increase in form

Alex McCarthy has impressed Southampton in-form during their increase in form

Alex McCarthy has impressed Southampton in-form during their increase in form

AM FOSTER

Games played: 26

Minutes played: 2340

Saves: 81

Saves per 90: 3.1

Save percentage: 66.9

Goals admitted: 40

Clean sheets: 8

Errors leading to goals: 1

Penalties faced: 5

Penalties saved: 0

Penalties admitted: 5

Accuracy: 37.35

xGOT: 43.89

Awarded goals (excl. Own goals): 37

Avoid targets: 6.9

BEN FOSTER – WATFORD

It was a nightmare for the season for Foster and his Watford teammates, who seemed destined for relegation before Nigel Pearson took over.

Pearson had revived the Hornets’ fortune, but they are now again winless in four Premier League games. But they have had a chance to fight, and much of that credit has to go to Foster.

Foster, who played for Watford every minute this season, has saved no less than 81 times, more than his English counterparts – which equates to 3.1 per game.

Despite 40 concessions in just 26 Premier League meetings, he has kept eight clean sheets – the combined fourth highest in the top flight behind goalkeeper Alisson, Henderson, Pope and Liverpool (all with nine).

Most impressive for Foster are prevented goals this campaign.

Excluding own goals, he sent 37 times, when he was expected to admit 43.89, which means he actually let in 6.9 goals less than he should.

Ben Foster should earn a lot of praise for helping Watford's fortune revolve around this season

Ben Foster should earn a lot of praise for helping Watford's fortune revolve around this season

Ben Foster should earn a lot of praise for helping Watford’s fortune revolve around this season

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