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Jordan Pickford’s genius goalkeeping techniques never fail to amaze us

The Everton man was up to his usual tricks in the first half

Rob Green, Paul Robinson and Scott Carson…

Jordan Pickford so nearly just added his name to the list of England keepers who have made some serious howlers down the years.


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What was he thinking?

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What was he thinking?

After the World Cup this summer it would take a serious error from the former Sunderland man to be held in as low regard as the aforementioned names.

The 24-year-old has his own take on the art of goalkeeping and the darker side of his eccentric methods were on show against at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate wouldn’t have been impressed

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Gareth Southgate wouldn’t have been impressed

Pickford is renowned for his ability with his feet but he appeared to temporarily forget he had any.

Everton’s number one nearly had egg on his face after Fabian Delph’s dodgy backpass in the first few minutes.

Under pressure from Andrej Kramaric, Pickford realised he couldn’t pick the ball up and tried an innovative technique… with his chest.

The ball was rolling into the box and you thought it would be a routine clearance.

Pickford certainly has his own style

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Pickford certainly has his own style

Pickford was caught in two minds and ended up throwing himself at the ball kamikaze style.

He was either trying to chest it away from the danger, or in even more maverick fashion use his chest to pass the player before getting up to clear it.

The ball rebounded off Pickford and nearly fell perfectly for the Croatians who must have thought they had been given an early Christmas present from the Geordie shot-stopper.

Pickford has secured the number one spot

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Pickford has secured the number one spot

Thankfully for England the blunder wasn’t costly in the crunch Nations League game.

Back in September Pickford claimed he wouldn’t make an error like Allison.

The Brazillian tried a Cruyff turn away at Leicester but was embarrassed by Rachid Ghezzal.

Practise what you preach, Jordan!


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