England have secured their place at the 2018 World Cup with a qualifier to spare, but judging by their performance against Slovenia last night the Three Lions will have to make drastic improvements to avoid another embarrassing exit from a major tournament.
Very few departments of the first team offer convincing World Cup credentials at this moment in time and even 73-cap goalkeeper Joe Hart endured a mixed evening, making a fine double-save in one instance (that actually proved to be offside) after committing a rash challenge that should have been ruled as a penalty for the visitors.
In fact, Hart’s status as England’s No.1 has been open to debate for some time, not least because there are some exciting alternatives nipping at his heels in the pecking order such as Everton’s summer signing Jordan Pickford.
The 6 foot 1 shot-stopper hasn’t enjoyed a spectacular start to his Toffees career but showed his potential at Sunderland last season and looks set to steadily grow into life with a big club at Goodison Park, especially now that Everton’s tricky run of fixtures is coming to an end.
So, Everton fans, do you think Pickford should be England’s first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup next summer? Let us know by voting below…