It’s safe to say Jordan Pickford woke up on Monday morning feeling like the king of the world. The Everton goalkeeper was front and centre of attention in the Nations League semi-final clash against Switzerland, and seemed to love every minute of it.
After the game headed to the lottery of penalty kicks, it seemed like neither side were suffering from any nerves, with the first 11 scored in nerveless fashion. Pickford then took on the responsibility for Gareth Southgate’s side and hammered home confidently to give England the lead.
The goalkeeper then saved from Josip Drmic to become the Three Lions hero, and Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire took to Instagram to offer up his praises for his international teammate.
Pickford, who was England’s hero against Colombia in the World Cup round of 16 last year, was on hand again to rescue the side’s blushes, and ensured Southgate’s men finished their Nations League campaign in third.
The former Sunderland shot-stopper has begun to carve out a reputation for saving spot-kicks, and according to Opta, became the first-ever goalkeeper to take and score a penalty for England in a competitive penalty shootout with his performance on Sunday.
With the Three Lions seemingly going through a rough patch of emerging goalkeepers, Pickford could be the side’s No.1 for the years to come, and appears to have written himself into folklore already.