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Jordan Pickford has been England’s best player at Euro 2020, says Gary Neville

By Ben Green

Published: 18:09, 30 June 2021

Gary Neville has dubbed Jordan Pickford the “player of the tournament so far” for England at Euro 2020.

Pickford, 27, has been impervious between the sticks, keeping four cleans sheets as Gareth Southgate prepares his charges for a quarter-final clash with Ukraine.

After keeping three successive shutouts in the groups, Pickford took that form into the knockouts and kept a lid on Germany at Wembley in the last-16.

The Three Lions triumphed 2-0 against the 2014 world champions, and Pickford caught the eye with his laser-guided distribution and authority in goal.

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In 360 minutes of European Championship action, the Everton man is yet to concede, leading to praise from some of his biggest critics.

Former England right-back Neville admitted to questioning Pickford in the past, but believes he has been England’s best performer so far at Euro 2020.

He tweeted: “My MOM last night was Jordan Pickford and I also think he’s been England’s player of the tournament so far.

“I’ve been critical of him with Everton but with England he’s a different player!”

Pickford on past criticism: It does p*** you off

The England stopper has been the subject of criticism in the past, with the Mackem not averse to the occasional goalmouth gaffe.

In February 2020, Pickford retaliated to his detractors, even name-dropping Neville as one of those who had levelled criticism towards during that period

He said at the time: “It’s funny because everyone raves about you when you are with England, but when you go back to your club everyone wants to slate you.

“It does p*** you off. The press, the punters, everybody – look at Gary Neville – they just want to come for England players. Everyone gets stick.

“That’s part of being an England player. You have got to live with it, you have got to learn.

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“You just keep it away from your head as the only person who can sort things out is yourself as an individual, on the pitch and in training.

“Every England player gets stick. Some get a lot more praise than others. It is what it is. Look at Joe Hart when he was No 1, he got pelters every week.

“It’s easy to see. Everyone hates you, for some reason. I just get on with it. I know what I am capable of and I know what I am good at.

“It’s looking after things on the pitch for Everton that is my main aim. That gets you picked for England. I know I have been good for England.”