Everton goalkeeper defended after being criticized for his challenge against the Liverpool star
Former England goalkeeper David James praised Jordan Pickford on the way he has recovered from criticism for his role in Virgil van Dijk’s injury.
After a challenge from Pickford in the Merseyside derby in October, the Liverpool defender suffered cruciate ligament damage in his knee which ruled him out for the season and the European Championships this summer.
Former Reds goalkeeper James believes Pickford suffered a drop in form due to closer scrutiny but says he’s back to his best for Euro 2020 with Everton man ahead start for England in Sunday’s opener against Croatia.
What was said?
“It was a foul, in my opinion, but it’s something Jordan always did or does naturally – there was no intention of hurting anyone,” James said. Goal.
“For Jordan, it could have partly impacted an indifferent form because it was ultimately Van Dijk from Liverpool.
“He wasn’t a young Fulham defender that most people wouldn’t have recognized, he was one of the best defenders in the Premier League champions’ world, so the conversation just rumbled on and on.
“For him to come out and be in the form he was at the end of the season before the tournament shows a positive mark of maturity on his part.”
Pickford has also been criticized for being too motivated for the big games – an accusation that has also been leveled against his predecessor Joe Hart.
But James says the Three Lions keeper should be judged on his performance for the national team and says he has never let Gareth Soutgate down.
“There has to be a sweet spot for any player. Some of them are calm, some more energetic, ”added James.
“As far as England is concerned, he played wonderfully well. All that forceful behavior to get pumped, it works for England.
“Jordan are doing whatever they need to do so that England cross the finish line is not a problem.”
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