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17 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 17/06/17 11:30pm

Jordan Pickford saved a penalty for England's U21s on Friday

Jordan Pickford saved a penalty for England’s U21s on Friday

Jordan Pickford says he is not fazed by his £30m price tag, insisting his sole focus is helping England succeed at the U21 Euros in Poland.

The 23-year-old became the world’s third most expensive goalkeeper

Jordan Pickford is looking forward to getting started at Everton after completing a £30m move from Sunderland – Video contains flash photography

He capped a stunning week with a penalty save for Aidy Boothroyd’s side

Pickford is also now the most expensive British goalkeeper but says he feels no undue pressure as a result of his record-breaking transfer fee.

He said: “It’s just a number, isn’t it? It’s my job to be a goalkeeper and keep the ball out of the net and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve kept a clean sheet. It’s just a number, it doesn’t affect me.

Pickford was a standout performer for Sunderland last season

Pickford was a standout performer for Sunderland last season

Pickford was a standout performer for Sunderland last season

“I got the deal out of the way and over the line so I could focus on the Euros. I didn’t know too much about it until I came out here but got that done so I could focus on trying to win the Euros.

“When I heard about it and they said they were sorting the medical so it could go through, it’s nice to get it out of the way.”

Pickford has yet to speak to his new boss Ronald Koeman

Pickford has yet to speak to his new boss Ronald Koeman

Pickford has yet to speak to his new boss Ronald Koeman

Pickford, who suffered relegation from the Premier League with Sunderland last season, was also due to speak to Everton boss Ronald Koeman for the first time on Saturday after his heroics the previous night.

“I’ve never spoken to him before. My agent did all the stuff. I’m just a lad who likes playing football. I’m not bothered about anything else,” said the goalkeeper, who had a medical in Poland on Wednesday.

Jordan Pickford gives his reaction to Sky Sports after England drew their opening game 0-0 against Sweden in the Euro U21 Championships

“He [sent me a] text me wishing me good luck. I was a bit too young to see him as a player but I heard he was a free-kick specialist and that he still takes them.

“I’ve heard he’s a top manager and it will be good to learn under him at Everton. It’s been a big couple of days but I’ll focus on that when I get back.”

England play Slovakia on Monday

England play Slovakia on Monday

England play Slovakia on Monday

Pickford’s late penalty save from Sweden’s Linus Wahlqvist could keep England in the tournament come the end of the week and they face Group A leaders Slovakia on Monday, live on Sky Sports.

Slovakia beat hosts Poland 2-1 in the late game on Friday and Pickford knows victory in Kielce is now crucial.

“We can’t put too much pressure on ourselves. Win two games. We’ve got Slovakia and then the hosts Thursday in front of a packed house,” he said.

“That’s going to be an interesting game, but that’s what we’re here for. That’s why we’re playing big matches.”


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