After his heroics for England in the summer, this has been a very difficult season for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The 25-year-old has made a series of high-profile errors this term and also made a couple of mistakes on Saturday during the Toffees’ 3-2 defeat against Newcastle United at St James Park.
The Merseysiders dominated the first-half of the encounter against the Magpies as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison found the back of the net to give Everton a 2-0 advantage.
However, a second-half meltdown from Marco Silva’s troops resulted in the Toon Army scoring three times during the second half via Salomon Rondon and a brace from Ayoze Perez.
In addition to the Englishman having a poor game, the Everton goalkeeper also had to deal with insults and jeers of fans of the St James Park faithful due to his allegiance to former club Sunderland.
Toffees star Pickford firmly established himself as England number one goalkeeper after a strong showing during the 2018 World Cup in Russia as the Three Lions went on to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.
The Everton stopper is widely expected to retain the number one jersey for England during the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying double-header against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.
Southgate picked him as one of three keepers alongside Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Tom Heaton, who returns to the squad following a lengthy absence.
Butland is unlikely to be considered anything more than a back-up option at national team level for now, especially when you consider that he is playing in the Championship.
Heaton could however be a serious threat to Everton’s Pickford as far as the England first-choice position goes as he has been in good form for Burnley this season.
“We don’t have many English goalkeepers playing, all of those that are playing have had moments and spells of good form, making good saves and days when they have not been so good,” Southgate is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“Jordan has been our first choice for the recent period so it is probably the first time he has felt that spotlight a little bit more intensely.
“That is good for his development. He is a young goalkeeper still who needs to respond in the right way to the comments and observations that have been made.
“We are looking forward to working with him next week. In our environment he has worked well and had a consistent level of achievement.”