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Southgate lucky to choose between Pickford and Pope - Ancelotti

Sat 05 December 2020 | 16:58

The English goalkeepers had a significant performance in today's match, which made the Italian coach react.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that Gareth Southgate is lucky to choose between Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope for England National team number one goalkeeper.

Everton' Pickford and Burnley's Pope had excellent performances in today's match between the two teams, and they made great saves many times until the game- which Gareth Southgate went to watch- ended in a 1-1 draw. Pickford had a superb denial on a one-on-one from Burnley striker Chris Wood, and the Pope had a precise save against James Rodriguez and a great reaction to Gylfi Sigurdsson's strike.

After the game, the Italian coach praised the two English goalkeepers and congratulated Southgate that he should choose between them for his goal.

Ancelotti said:

“Jordan did really well. He had two or three really good saves, now he’s really better, he has more confidence, for sure, and for this reason he’s showing his great quality.

“Pope made a great save from Gylfi, we were really close to winning the game with that opportunity. Gylfi was unlucky and Pope did really well.

“Gareth Southgate has to be really pleased to have these two goalkeepers in the national team.”

“I’m disappointed because he was in good condition, he worked really well and I hope he can recover soon.”

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