Goal keeper Jordan Pickford has defended his shape after director Gareth Southgate said he would start England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

The 25-year-old was praised for his performances during last summer’s World Cup, including a save in a penalty shootout against Colombia.

However he was hailed after errors for Everton, including in the latest 3-2 loss at Newcastle.

“I don’t understand why folks are questioning it so much,” he explained.

Talking with Radio 5 Live, he added:”I understand I left an error against Newcastle and a few errors previously that. You understand your self if you are doing well and I think my form really should not be getting questioned. Apart from the Newcastle game I have been on a fantastic run.

“With Everton we’ve been excellent, we’re getting that mentality back and we’re winning matches as well. Personally I think that it’s becoming contested a bit too much, but let that be, I’m not bothered anyway.

“In the Newcastle game, I made an error and bounced back with a fantastic performance against Chelsea, in order that shows my mentality and my personality in my own, and I think that is best for me.

“The director has put faith in me to start tomorrow. I have been exercising well all week also, so that is fine “


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