‘It has a massive history to it. Hopefully I can do it justice’: Jordan Pickford on wearing England No 1 World Cup shirt
- Jordan Pickford says England’s No 1 shirt is one of the most revered in the world
- Pickford follows in footsteps of Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and David Seaman
- The goalkeeper claims the No 1 shirt carries greater importance than any other
Jordan Pickford claims the England No 1 shirt is one of the most revered in world football.
The Everton goalkeeper will follow in the footsteps of legends Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and David Seaman by wearing the jersey at the World Cup.
Pickford is virtually certain of starting the opener against Tunisia on Monday, however Gareth Southgate has not officially told him he will be chosen ahead of Jack Butland.
Jordan Pickford is set to be England’s No 1 goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia
Nevertheless, in a world where shirt numbers worn by players have become less significant, Pickford insists wearing the shirt alone is thrilling in itself.
‘The No 1 shirt has a massive history to it. I’m well aware of that,’ Pickford said. ‘And now I am part of that history wearing the No 1 shirt. Hopefully, I can do it justice. It will be great.
‘Looking at the ‘keepers over the years, they’ve been massive. Look at Joe Hart, 70 odd caps. Hopefully, I have the chance to wear that shirt for a long time too.’
The Everton shot-stopper is expected to start in England opening group game against Tunisia
Pickford has been performing well but is still fighting to be selected ahead of Jack Butland
When asked if the No 1 shirt was more important compared to the numbers outfield players are assigned, Pickford added: ‘Yes. Gazza wore No 19 at Italia 90. I’ve got that one. But I think it is a bit different to outfield players.
‘It may be different with other countries but yes, it means a lot to wear the actual No 1. It certainly feels a bit more positive on my part.
‘Hopefully it means I do get the nod. I feel I am ready to be No. 1 and I don’t think I have done anything wrong not to get it.’
Author: Nancy Parker
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