UK’s Sharp Shot Stopper
Playing any team’s goalkeeper in a consistent feat is difficult, but for England’s Jordan Pickford doing so comes from early sports exposure that led him to play as one of Three Lions’ 23 squad men on its 2018’s World Cup campaign.
Full Name: Jordan Lee Pickford
Birthdate: March 7, 1994
Place of Birth: Washington, England
Teams: Everton/England National Team
Playing Years: 2009- Present
-England U21 – Toulon Tournament 2016
-Everton Player of the Season 2017-2018
-Everton Players’ Player of the Season: 2017-2018
-England Under 21-Player of the Year: 2017
The 24-year-old English footballer is born and raised in Washington, England and joined Sunderland’s Academy football club when he was only eight. Not long after his first early plays that Jordan commenced his professional deal with the club in 2011. He was then loaned to Darlington in 2012 where he appeared 17 times and headed the club’s match against Fleetwood Town that ended with a 1-0 FT score. Shortly after that, Pickford was loaned again to Alfreton Town in 2013 where he played the goalkeeper role for 12 appearances.
Notable Skills/Style of Play
-Quick shot blocking skills-
-Long range passer
-Instructive style of ball distribution
-Exceptional feet grasp and control
Pickford is observed to consistently employ long-range passing feats. His ability to run in such a defensive, agile speed made him a sure-fire threat on the field. He’s at times captured in either a standing position when blocking a goal, and notably moves at a lightning pace when he’s outside his net borderlines. He’s also observed to use his right kick when passing and usually lands on his right rib; with his elbows on the ground after a successful block of an inverted or straight ahead goal attempt.
Burton Albion, Carlisle United and Bradford City, 2013-2015
Jordan agreed to sign on another loan deal, a contract that led him to play for the League Two club Burton Albion. He made 12 appearances for the club before he was re-negotiated by Sunderland. The recalled agreement made him play for 11 matches until he confirmed that he’ll be joining Carlisle United, on another month-long loan contract in February 2014. He extended his stay at the United and made 18 appearances before finally signing another four-year deal his parent team that would get him in action until 2018.
Along with this, Sunderland loaned him again on another club, the Bradford city for the 2014-2015 season. He captained the team towards its 3-2 win against Coventry City on August and hadn’t managed to keep his clean sheet following his first red card during their match with Rochdale in January 2015. This was followed by another expulsion from their match against Port Vale, owing him a one-match suspension.
Preston North End loan, leaving Sunderland and joining Everton – 2015-2017
Shortly after his appearance with Bradford city, Pickford joined Preston North end for a season loan that ran through the 2015-2016 period. But by early 2016 Sunderland recalled him once again for the Premier League, but was negotiated by one of its club Everton for a five-year contract with approximately £25 to £30 million initial payment. This regarded him as the third most expensive goalkeeper in both football and British goalkeeper history. He successfully claimed the title of being Everton’s player of the season after participating in its first season rounds.
Pickford on FIFA World Cup 2018
The English footballer was considered for the England national team when Three Lions’ head coach Gareth Southgate picked him to play for two FIFA World Cup qualifiers 2018 opposing Malta and Slovakia, but an injury prevented him from joining the qualifying matches.
However, it was later announced that he’ll complete the country’s 23 crew to compete in Russia. They made an impressive opening game in the tournament with a 2-0 full-time win against Costa Rica last June 6th, as well as the June 19th match with Tunisia ending on a 2-1 score. They proceeded with the quarterfinals after a 1-1 draw match opposing Colombia, and about to take on Sweden this coming Saturday at Samara Arena to land a possible spot on the finals.
With this British threat holding records of 38 Premier League appearances, 3 UEFA Europa League, 1 FA Cup and League Cup appearances, 2 International UK team friendlies and 4 FIFA World Cup appearances — it wouldn’t be surprised if we’d see his name top listing the best goalkeepers of his time.
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