England goalkeeper dilemma: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope or Dean Henderson? | Football News

England goalkeeper dilemma: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope or Dean Henderson? | Football News


Should Jordan Pickford remain England’s regular No 1 or is it time for Gareth Southgate to turn to Nick Pope or Dean Henderson?

Pickford’s position for the national side came back under the spotlight following a blunder against Brighton, with the Everton man making four errors leading to goals in the Premier League in 2020 – more than any other goalkeeper.

Southgate has since confirmed that Burnley’s Pope will start against Wales in Thursday’s friendly but who should be the full-time man between the sticks? That question was discussed on the latest Pitch to Post Podcast as Sky Sports News’ England reporter Rob Dorsett and skysports.com’s Oli Yew joined Kate Burlaga for an international preview special – and we also asked for your verdict…

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How Nick Pope, Dean Henderson and Jordan Pickford compare since the start of 2019/20
How Nick Pope, Dean Henderson and Jordan Pickford compare since the start of 2019/20

‘Pickford hasn’t let England down’

Jordan Pickford


Speaking on The Football Show, Rob Green assesses the three England goalkeepers Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson competing for the No 1 spot

Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett, speaking before Southgate’s announcement:

“Jordan Pickford is clearly Gareth Southgate’s No. 1 – and he has never let England down. The high-profile mistakes he’s been making with Everton, we haven’t seen him do for England.

“It’s clear that Nick Pope is more in form than Pickford in terms of Premier League performances – though Pope made a howler [against Newcastle] – so Southgate has a decison to make as to whether he sticks with the guy who has had the No. 1 journey for years now. Southgate does like to stick with a tried and trusted goalkeeper.

Nick Pope


Nick Pope says supporting each other is ‘part of the life of a goalkeeper’ as he, Jordan Pickford and Dean Henderson continue to battle for the national team’s No 1 spot

“He may well play Pope for the game against Wales – I don’t see the point of having three goalkeepers and not giving another one of them a run-out; imagine if Pickford gets an injury and Southgate hasn’t had a proper look at someone else?

“If we do see Pope on Thursday, I don’t think we should read too much into that; I don’t think it’s Pickford being dropped becasue of his club form, it’s more an opportunity to have a closer look at someone else.”

‘Henderson needs to be playing week in, week out’

Dean Henderson produced a vital save to deny Tom Lockyer with the score 1-0
Dean Henderson produced a vital save on his Manchester United debut

Sky Sports’ Oli Yew:

“When Henderson has played for Man Utd, he’s played well – there was a great stop against Luton in the League Cup and then another from Leandro Trossard against Brighton.

“He was brilliant for Sheffield United last season – we all know what he can do – but is that enough for Southgate to throw him in at the deep end?

Dean Henderson will return to Old Trafford after two years on loan at Sheffield United


A selection of Dean Henderson’s best saves from the 2019/20 Premier League season

“I’m not so sure while he’s sitting on Man Utd’s bench. Surely that has hurt his chances?

“Two Carabao Cup games this season is not enough to make a case to be England’s No. 1; Southgate probably wishes things had panned out a bit differently and that he was playing week in, week out.

“That might happen still at Man Utd – then it’s a different story. The Euros are still a way away but, at the moment, I don’t think Southgate can pick Henderson.”

‘Pickford’s had three bad mistakes in six months’

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford


Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has backed current No 1 Jordan Pickford despite his recent mistakes

Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall on Sky Sports News:

“I think he’s had probably three bad minutes in six months – if [that].

“His mistakes aren’t killing us – I think that’s a good thing – and I think once he finds his form, we’ll be flying.

“There’ll be a time when we have that little bump in the road and maybe we’ll have to rely on him. Maybe people will have to change their opinions.

“If Mr Ancelotti wants to play you, you must be half-decent. If his job was on the line, there’d be a taxi outside Goodison tomorrow.”

Robinson: Pickford still England’s No. 1

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Carlo Ancelotti insists he has total confidence in Jordan Pickford amid the England goalkeeper coming under criticism for his performance at Fleetwood in midweek

Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson on Sky Sports News:

“Pickford’s done nothing wrong for Gareth Southgate. He performed well every time he’s played, he’s saved penalties in major tournaments and his stock as an international goalkeeper isn’t in question.

“Yes, his form for Everton is slightly up and down at the moment, but all he needs to do is get his head right, have a run of four or fives games, keep three or four clean sheets and this all goes quiet for a while.

“It’s very difficult when you are England’s No. 1. You are put on a pedestal and there’s always somebody behind you, in other people’s opinion, that’s able to do your job better than you.

“He’s played well for England and yes, he has had inconsistency at Everton, but he’s not playing badly. He’s making silly errors in games that are costing goals, but they are not proving costly to Everton, who are still winning games.

“If he can eradicate these errors and get back to playing consistently well, it’s important. It’s the most important thing for a goalkeeper. He’s more than capable of doing that and taking him out of the England No. 1 jersey would be the wrong decision from Southgate.”

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