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“I like criticism” – Jordan Pickford enjoys being targeted due to England No1 status

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 17:43, 19 August 2019

Jordan Pickford says he enjoys criticism as it makes him want to become a better player.

The 25-year-old Everton goalkeeper received his fair share of column inches following mistakes last season.

One notable moment came during the Merseyside derby at Anfield against Liverpool when a howler in stoppage time led to Divock Origi scoring the unlikeliest of winners.

It led to question marks being placed on England’s number one ‘keeper, who the Toffees made the most expensive British shot-stopper from Sunderland in 2017, but Pickford is not listening to the noise.

The Three Lions stopper, who has 19 caps to his name, enjoys being questioned as it forces him to improve and he accepts that criticism from detractors is part and parcel of being a professional footballer.

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“I like criticism because it makes me want to get better as a goalkeeper,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I work hard on and off the pitch, in the gym. I give 100 per cent every day to be the best that I can be. I think it shows the character I have got.

“It doesn’t faze me too much if I make mistakes because I will learn from them. You will get criticised. That’s the industry we are in.

“When you have England No1 stamped on your back, you are always going to get criticised, if you do good things or bad things. But you learn from it. It’s great.”

Pickford’s time at Goodison Park: Five key things to know…

  • Everton made Jordan Pickford the most expensive British goalkeeper when they signed him for a reported £25m from Sunderland in 2017.
  • He’s since gone on to make 19 appearances for England, keeping six clean sheets, whilst representing The Toffees.
  • To date, he’s played 88 times for Everton, registering 28 shut outs in the process.
  • He’s yet to be beaten this season with both Crystal Palace and Watford unable to to score against him.
  • Pickford says he welcomes criticism as it makes him want to get better.