Jordan Pickford insists winning a medal for England like Gordon Banks ‘would be the pinnacle’… with Everton goalkeeper on the verge of breaking 1966 World Cup winner’s record for consecutive clean sheets to start a major tournament
- No 1 Jordan Pickford emulated Gordon Banks on Tuesday against Germany
- He kept his fourth clean sheet of Euro 2020, just as Banks did at the start in 1966
- Gareth Southgate’s England have kept nine shutouts in their last 10 fixtures
- But Pickford says the numbers will never carry the same meaning without medal
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Jordan Pickford is happy to sacrifice personal history in order to become only the second England goalkeeper to play in a trophy-winning team.
Everton’s No1 emulated Gordon Banks on Tuesday by starting a major tournament with four consecutive clean sheets. Given the way Pickford is performing, there is an excellent chance he will surpass Banks — who set the record in 1966 — in Saturday’s quarter-final with Ukraine.
Pickford is priding himself on the miserly standards England have set but says his opportunity to enter the record books would not have been possible without the efforts of the men in front of him — they have kept nine shutouts in their last 10 fixtures.
Jordan Pickford is happy to sacrifice personal history for England team glory at Euro 2020
Pickford has started this tournament with four clean sheets after his latest against Germany
The numbers are impressive and have propelled England into an outstanding position but Pickford says the figures will never carry the same meaning unless he and his team-mates match what Banks and his squad did 55 years ago.
‘There’d be nothing better for me than to win a medal with England — nothing,’ said Pickford. ‘All that personal stuff, it takes care of itself. To win a medal with England would be the pinnacle. It’s really nice to keep clean sheets but it’s not just me.
‘It’s the full XI and everyone is working hard to keep those clean sheets because they are key in tournament football. They give us the basis and keep us progressing and give the lads up front the opportunities to score goals.
The Everton No 1 therefore emulated Gordon Banks (second from L) in achieving that feat
But Pickford says the numbers will never carry the same meaning unless he and his team-mates match the 1966 World Cup win
‘It was a massive win and a massive moment for me in my career to be beating Germany at home. It was a great day and great experience but we have the staff in the country, the best sports scientists and psychologists. So we have all that in place to give us the best chance for Saturday.’
When Pickford returns to his club, he will be greeted by a new manager. Rafa Benitez, Carlo Ancelotti’s successor, has already contacted the 27-year-old and said he will be counting on him when the new season starts.
‘With Carlo going to Real it was hard for him to turn the job down so we knew there was a new manager,’ said Pickford.
‘Rafa, you’ve seen his career and the trophies he’s won. His desire to win matches all the time. He rang me and said enjoy the tournament, do well for England and I’ll see you when you get back.’
Pickford and the England defence have kept nine shutouts in their last 10 fixtures
When Pickford returns to his club, he will be greeted by a new manager — Rafa Benitez
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