Jordan Pickford: Everton goalkeeper out for a month with hamstring injury and will miss England games in September | Soccer News

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford faces a month on the sidelines after stretching his thigh in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

The injury means Pickford will miss the Toffees’ Premier League games against Arsenal and West Ham, as well as England’s Nations League games against Italy and Germany later this month.

Analysis has revealed that the damage is not severe, but Pickford is still expected to remain out of action for at least four weeks. Everton have confirmed in a statement that the 28-year-old will not return until after the international break in September.

That leaves Asmir Begovic as Everton’s only fit keeper, with Andy Lonergan missing with a knee problem.

Jordan Pickford is also England’s No. 1 for the World Cup

Everton are unlikely to bring goalkeeping cover at this stage.

The Everton and England games Pickford will miss

September 11: Arsenal v Everton

September 18: Everton v West Ham

September 23: Italy v England

September 26: England v Germany

Is Pickford’s location in England safe?

England goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale during a training session at St George's Park.
England goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale during a training session

Joe Stream, Sky Sports football reporter:

“The decision of who will start in goal for England at the World Cup is less of a concern than a matter of debate for Southgate. Pickford has had an iron fist on the No.1 shirt since the 2018 World Cup – so much so that Aaron Ramsdale, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson have just 12 caps between them, compared to 45 for the Everton keeper.

“Southgate remained loyal to Pickford even when successive Toffees managers were forced to answer questions publicly about his form.

“To be fair to Pickford, the appointment of Frank Lampard as Everton manager seems to have led to an improvement in his performance. But the fact remains that he has recorded fewer clean sheets and conceded more goals than Ramsdale and Pope. since the start of last season.

“With that in mind, perhaps the England goalkeeper situation can be looked at in two ways. It could be said that the Three Lions have an established No.1 in Pickford who has found his pre-Cup mojo world – before his injury – and is ably supported by Ramsdale, Pope and Henderson; or it can be argued that the impressive performances of Everton’s stopper deputies are creating positional doubt at just the wrong time for England.

“For what it’s worth, Southgate is likely to take the first, more positive view.”

Sky Sports

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