Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has hit back at pundits after he was criticised for a howler in his side’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, insisting they ‘just want to come for England players’.
The 25-year-old allowed a tame effort from Christian Benteke – without a goal all season – to squirm beneath him during the clash at Goodison Park, and though it ultimately had little bearing on the result, added to a catalogue of errors over the past 18 months.
However, the former Sunderland man has rarely put a foot wrong in an England shirt since his heroics at the 2018 World Cup and will almost certainly be Gareth Southgate’s number one at this summer’s European Championships.
And speaking after the game, he took the chance to respond to his critics, singling out former Manchester United man Gary Neville.
“Everyone hates you, for some reason, that’s part of being an England player,” Pickford said.
“I think the press and everybody, the punters – look at Gary Neville – they just want to come for England players.
Source: Evening Standard