Jordan Pickford has been hailed as one of the best goalkeepers in the world after his superb form for England at Euro 2020. Read on to find out more facts about Jordan Pickford.
(born 7 March 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper forEverton
in the Premier League and for the England national team.
Jordan Pickford’s age
Pickford has previously had loan stints at Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City, and Preston North End, as well as for Sunderland's youth, reserve, and senior teams. In June 2017, he joined Everton for a price of £25 million.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he has played at the under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20, and under-21 levels for England. In November 2017, he made his full England national team debut in a friendly against Germany.
He was the starting goalkeeper for England's fourth-place performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in which the team made its first semi-final appearance since 1990.
He also played a part in England's Euro 2020 runner-up result, in which the team made their first ever Euro final and first major tournament final since 1966. Pickford started every game in the group stage and allowed 0 goals.
Pickford was born in Washington, in the Tyne and Wear metropolitan county of northeastern England, and attended St Robert of Newminster Secondary School there. Richard Logan, his older brother, is a former Darlington FC footballer.
Jordan Pickford’s childhood
, it should be mentioned that he was born in Washington, Tyne and Wear, and went to St Robert of Newminster Catholic School there. He grew up rooting for Sunderland, his hometown football team.
Pickford began his career with Sunderland's Academy when he was eight years old, progressing through the age groups until earning a two-year scholarship in 2010. He was promoted from the Academy to the reserve team the following year. There is no information available regarding
Jordan Pickford’s parents
Pickford joined the club in 2011 and signed his first professional contract. He signed a contract extension with the club the following year.
Megan Davison, who is the wife of Jordan Pickford, graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2020. The pair met when they were at school and have reportedly been together since they were 14. Megan moved to Liverpool with him following his transfer to Everton in 2017.
She travelled to the World Cup to support her partner and she was spotted in the stands at every match. The couple finally married in March 2020. Pickford and his wife had their first child in 2019. Megan gave birth on February 17, 2019 to a boy named Arlo George.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he joinedSunderland AFC
as an eight-year-old in 2002 and progressed through the club's youth system. He signed his first professional contract there in 2011.
After a number of loan spells, he was Sunderland's first-choice goalkeeper in 2016/17, making 29 Premier League appearances. Pickford joined league rivals Everton for the 2017/18 season for the club's record transfer fee of £ 25 million.
Pickford has played for every English junior national team since the U16 level. He competed in the 2017 European Championships in Poland with the U21 team.
Pickford made his senior England debut in a 0-0 friendly draw against Germany on November 10, 2017. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he finished fourth with the team.
The goalkeeper was called up to England's EURO 2021 squad in the summer of 2021, where he lost on penalties to Italy at Wembley Stadium.
Pickford saved penalties from Andrea Belotti and Jorginho of Italy. The 27-year-old also kept a clean sheet until the semi-finals, a feat not even accomplished by the tournament's player of the tournament,Gianluigi Donnarumma
fact about Jordan Pickford
is that he joined Conference Premier side Darlington on loan in time to make his debut against Fleetwood Town on January 21, 2012, playing the whole 1–0 home defeat.
The loan was extended till the end of April once the first month was completed. He went on to make 17 appearances for demoted Darlington.
Pickford joined Conference Premier team Alfreton Town on a month-long loan on February 25, 2013, as a replacement for Phil Barnes, who was injured.
The following day, he made his debut in a 5–1 triumph against Hyde United. His loan at the club was extended till the conclusion of the season as a result. Pickford recorded five clean sheets in 12 games throughout this time.
Pickford signed a new loan agreement with League Two side Burton Albion on August 2, 2013, and made his debut the following day against Cheltenham Town.
However, his loan was terminated on August 17th when Sunderland recalled him, despite Pickford only appearing three times for Burton. Pickford returned to Burton on loan on September 13th.
His loan term with Burton Albion was extended for another month after he made a number of first-team appearances.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he was recalled by his original club after making 13 appearances over his two loan periods. Between 23 November 2013 and 18 January 2014, he spent 11 games as an unused replacement on the bench as a backup for Vito Mannone.
Pickford joined League One team Carlisle United on a one-month loan on February 8, 2014, despite rumors that he may return on loan to Burton for the third time. He made his debut against Gillingham in a 2–1 defeat on the same day.
Due to his good form and a few first-team appearances, the club decided to retain him on loan for the remainder of the season. Pickford went on to make 18 appearances for Carlisle after extending his loan at the club.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he signed a four-year deal with Sunderland at the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, keeping him at the club until 2018.
Pickford joined League One clubBradford City
on a season-long loan on July 21, 2014, for the 2014–15 season.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he made his debut in a 3–2 victory against Coventry City at Valley Parade on August 9th, and preserved his first clean sheet in a 0–0 draw away to Walsall the following week.
After being sent off in the 11th minute of a 2–1 defeat against Rochdale on 10 January 2015, Pickford got his first ever red card. He was suspended for one match, which his team did not contest.
He was sent off in the last minute of a 2–2 away tie against Port Vale on 7 February, and he was banned from the game for the second time. The club successfully contested a two-match suspension and got it revoked.
For the most of the season, Pickford established himself as a first-choice goalkeeper until being recalled by his parent club on March 9, 2015.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he joined Championship team Preston North End on a season-long loan on July 31, 2015, for the 2015–16 season. In a 0–0 draw againstMiddlesbrough
at Deepdale, he preserved a clean sheet on his debut.
Three clean sheets in his first three league games for the club, including a 1–0 victory over Milton Keynes Dons in his second league debut and a 0–0 draw with Rotherham United on August 18.
Preston beat Watford 1–0 in the League Cup on August 25th, and Pickford preserved another clean sheet. In a 0–0 draw against QPR on November 7, he equaled the club record with a sixth consecutive clean sheet.
Pickford impressed senior goalkeeping colleague Chris Kirkland during his time at Preston. Pickford was controversially sent off in a 1–0 loss to Leeds United on December 20, 2015, after rushing out of his area to confront striker Chris Wood and being adjudged to have touched the ball. Preston was successful in his appeal, citing replay evidence of the ball striking his chest.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he was recalled by Sunderland on January 1, 2016, while the club was battling in 19th position in the Premier League. He made his first-team debut againstArsenal
in the FA Cup on 9 January 2016.
He made his Premier League debut on January 16, 2016, against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, losing 4–1, becoming him the youngest player to play in England's top five divisions at the age of 21. Pickford signed a new deal with Sunderland on January 26th, pledging his future to the club until 2020.
Pickford started the 2016–17 season as Vito Mannone's backup. Pickford started Sunderland's third league encounter of the season, away toSouthampton
, after Mannone sustained a significant arm injury in training.
During the match, he made numerous saves, but in the 85th minute, he made a mistake that enabled Jay Rodriguez to equalize for the hosts, resulting in a 1–1 tie. Pickford was one of six players nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award on April 13, 2017.
Pickford signed a five-year deal with Premier League team Everton on June 15, 2017. The initial fee of £25 million, with the option of increasing to £30 million in add-ons, made him the third most expensive goalkeeper in history at the time, the most expensive British goalkeeper of all time, and will make him Everton's second most expensive signing, pending add-on payments, as Gylfi Sigursson is currently the club's most expensive signing with a fee of £40 million plus add-on payments.
Pickford debuted for Everton in the Premier League on August 12, 2017, as his team defeatedStoke City
1–0 at Goodison Park. He was voted Everton's Player of the Season and received various other club honors at the end of his debut season.
Pickford made a last-minute error against local rivals Liverpool on December 2, 2018, mishandling a volley from Virgil van Dijk, enabling Divock Origi to score the game-winning goal for Liverpool with a close-range header in the 96th minute.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he missed a cross from Matt Ritchie and then rugby tackled Salomón Rondón, resulting in a penalty against Newcastle United on March 10, 2019. Everton increased their advantage a minute later after he redeemed himself by stopping Ritchie's penalty with his legs.
Pickford was spotted smirking at the Newcastle supporters at the Gallowgate end during the second half, as Rondón's strike flew wide of the post.
After that, he surrendered three times, including parrying Miguel Almirón's strike into the path of Ayoze Pérez. Ian Wright said on Match of the Day that Pickford should have concentrated more on his game and not allow his emotions get the better of him, considering that he was a former Sunderland player.
Pickford was reportedly recorded in a brawl in April 2019, and police indicated they will look into it. Pickford remained Everton's starting goalkeeper, making 38 Premier League matches and maintaining 13 clean sheets.
fact about Jordan Pickford
is that he battled with form, though, and made many blunders once again. He has the most mistakes contributing to goals of any goalkeeper in the Premier League, with four. Only Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga stopped fewer shots than Pickford this season.
Despite this, Carlo Ancelotti stood firm in his support for Pickford, stating, "Sometimes you may make a mistake, but you need to have the mentality to move on swiftly, and he did."
However, he was much better in the EFL Cup, when he was part of a squad that reached the Quarter-Finals, saving a penalty from Leicester City's James Maddison. However, it was not enough, as Leicester advanced to the next round following a penalty shoot-out.
Pickford was Everton's first-choice goalkeeper once again, as he was part of a side that won its first four games for the first time since the 1969–70 season.
Pickford was chastised for his challenge on Liverpool defenderVirgil van Dijk
in the first Merseyside derby of the season, which ended in Van Dijk being replaced after six minutes with what turned out to be a season-ending ACL injury.
Richarlison was sent off for a late tackle on Thiago Alcantara, and captain Jordan Henderson's game-winning goal was ruled out for offside by VAR.
Pickford won Everton's Player of the Season title on May 25, 2022, after a particularly impressive season.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he won the 2021/22 Castrol Save of the Season award on May 28, 2022, after his incredible goalline save againstChelsea
Everton defeated Chelsea 1-0 on May 1, 2022, when Mason Mount's effort struck both posts. Pickford rushed across his line and then dove in the other way to keep out Azpilicueta's rebound.
Pickford has played for England at every level of the national team, from under-16s to under-21s. He earned his England U16 debut against Wales U16 in October 2009. Pickford represented England in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2011.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he conceded an 86th-minute goal from a downfield kick by Canadian goalkeeper Quillan Roberts in a 2–2 draw against Canada, which remains the only goal scored by a goalkeeper in a FIFA final from open play to date.
He was called up to the England under-21 team for the first time on August 25, 2015. On 3 September 2015, Pickford made his debut for the under-21s in a friendly against the United States under-23s at Deepdale.
Pickford's long-range pass from his own penalty area helped Nathan Redmond's goal in England's U21s' 3–0 win against Kazakhstan at the Ricoh Arena on 14 October. His squad won the Toulon Tournament for the first time in 22 years in 2016.
An important fact about Jordan Pickford is that he was called up to the senior team for the first time on October 9, 2016, to replace an injured Tom Heaton in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.
With a succession of outstanding performances, Pickford guided England's under-21 team to the semi-finals of the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in June 2017.
Manager Gareth Southgate summoned Pickford up to the England team on August 24, 2017, for two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.
However, owing to injury, he was forced to withdraw from the team. On November 10, 2017, Pickford made his international debut in a friendly against Germany at Wembley Stadium, where England drew 0–0.
Pickford has been picked to England's 23-man roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He began England's 2–1 victory against Tunisia in the first match.
Pickford helped England overcome Colombia 4–3 on penalties following a 1–1 draw in their round of 16 encounter on 3 July, save from Carlos Bacca to give his country its first World Cup penalty shoot-out victory and a spot in the quarter-final.
Pickford was chosen man of the match on July 7, 2018, asEngland
beat Sweden 2–0 in the World Cup quarter-finals, keeping his first clean sheet of the tournament. England qualified for the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 as a result of the match.
Pickford converted the game-winning penalty as England defeated Switzerland to clinch third in the first UEFA Nations League Finals in June 2019.
It was England's second consecutive penalty shoot-out victory, with Pickford saving both penalties, and he became the first goalie for England to take (and score) a penalty in a competitive shoot-out.
Pickford was included to the 26-man team for the rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 on June 1, 2021. Pickford made history by being the first goalie in history to maintain five consecutive clean sheets in a European Championship.
Pickford achieved an all-time England record for most straight scoreless minutes by a goalkeeper on July 7, 2021. He broke Gordon Banks' record of 721 minutes halfway through the first half of the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark, overtaking him (720 minutes).
Pickford saved two Italy penalties in the Last shootout on July 11, 2021, but England lost 3–2 after missing their final three penalties.
Up to this point in his career, Jordan Pickford has established himself as the best goalkeeper not just for Everton but also for England. Pickford's career has been nothing short of remarkable.
Even if his play at club level has been inconsistent over the course of the previous few of seasons, he has almost always been a safe pair of hands for England whenever he has been in goal for the national team. This is particularly true when one considers the outstanding performances he produced in the the 2018 World Cup.
fact about Jordan Pickford
is that he has racked up an astounding number of penalty saves over his career. So far, he has made 14 saves from the penalty spot, and he has also scored a goal for England.
When Pickford was still a young prospect, he spent a significant amount of time away from Sunderland on loan, which allowed him to make rapid progress through the various leagues in England.
In 2011, while he was still a youngster, the goalkeeper from the state of Washington signed his first professional contract. In order for him to get significant playing experience, he was loaned out to a wide variety of teams in a number of different leagues.
The likes of Darlington (National League), Alfreton Town (National League), Burton Albion (League Two), Carlisle United (League One), Bradford City (League One), and Preston North End (League One) were among the teams who fell into this category (Championship).
He ultimately found his way back to the Black Cats and made his debut in the Premier League on January 16, 2016, making him the first player to make his debut in all five of England's major divisions.
He was one of the players considered for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. It is quite an accomplishment for him to even be considered for an award of this kind given that he played goalkeeper for a Sunderland club that was ultimately demoted to a lower division.
There is no question in anyone's mind that Pickford had an outstanding individual season in 2016–2017 despite the fact that it is debatable whether or not the fact that he faced a greater number of shots against him meant that he was destined to make more saves.
After garnering significant attention from a number of different teams thanks to his outstanding play, he finally decided to sign with Everton in the summer of 2017.
His debut game in a competitive capacity for the Merseysiders occurred on August 3, 2017, when the Toffees won a Europa League qualifying encounter on the road by a score of 1-0 against a team from Slovakia known as MFK Ruzomberok.
Even though Pickford was relatively trouble-free for the most of this match, it was nevertheless quite satisfying for him to record his first shutout of the season.
To add insult to injury, nine days later, on his Premier League debut for the club, which happened to be a 1-0 home win against Stoke City, he also maintained a clean sheet. This made matters even better.
In stoppage time,Xherdan Shaqiri
attempted to score, but the goalkeeper produced a fantastic save to preserve his clean sheet and ensure that his side would take home all three points. He certainly deserved it.
Pickford had a very successful debut season on Merseyside and was rightfully honored with the Toffees' Player of the Season award. This was despite the fact that the Toffees conceded 70 goals across all competitions.
In addition to that, he participated in each and every minute of each Premier League game during this season. Although it was a dismal season for the team as a whole, Pickford had another very strong individual one for himself.
He was a key contributor to England's success in the penalty shootout. This was maybe the single most important event in Pickford's career up to this point. As a result of this, he is the only goalie in England's history to have contributed to the team's victory in a penalty shootout at a World Cup.
The match between England and Colombia in the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup was played on July 3, 2018, in Russia.
After 120 minutes of play, the score was knotted at one each, and the dreaded penalties were yet to come. During the penalty shootout, Pickford made a stop on a penalty shot taken byCarlos Bacca
This opened the door for Eric Dier, Pickford's teammate, to go up and make the game-winning kick from 12 yards out.
Pickford followed up his amazing effort in the penalty shoot-out with another outstanding performance in the next round against Sweden.
His performance was a significant factor in England's advancement to the semifinals of a major international competition for the first time in 22 years, which they achieved as a direct result of England's participation.
Jesse Lingard's goal in the second half gave England an insurmountable 2-0 lead that put them in an unbeatable position to win the game. Despite England's overall superiority, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made many key saves to keep the score tied.
Unfortunately for Pickford, he is also accountable for one of the most expensive derby mistakes in the annals of the Premier League's long and illustrious history.
Everton made the quick journey to Anfield on December 2, 2018, to face their fiercest rivals, Liverpool. The match took place at Anfield. The game was poised to go without a winner until Pickford made a spectacular save by tipping Virgil van Dijk's effort into the air as it was about to fly over the crossbar.
Divock Origi, who was obviously thankful for the opportunity, seized on it and headed the game-winning goal in the 96th minute from close range.
From this point on, it looked as if Pickford's performances in goal for his team began to decline, and it is arguable that he has not yet returned to the absolute finest level that he is capable of.
It would seem that Pickford has evolved into somewhat of a lucky charm for the Three Lions when it comes to penalty shootouts.
In the play-off for third place in the UEFA Nations League, which took place on June 9, 2019, England metSwitzerland
The match ended in a stalemate after the standard 120 minutes of play, which meant that the winner would be determined by penalty kicks. Pickford emerged as the game's savior once again as he scored and then saved the penalty that proved to be the game-winning one, allowing Gareth Southgate's team to prevail 6-5.
As a result of his successful penalty kick, he became the first goalie in England's history to both take and score on a penalty kick.
Since joining the Toffees, Pickford has appeared in a significant number of games, making it impossible to criticise him for any one aspect of his performance in goal.
Even for a goalkeeper, this is a remarkable accomplishment since he has played every single minute in the Premier League for Everton in the 2017/2018, 2018/2019, and 2019/2020 seasons.
Throughout point of fact, in the first four seasons since he joined the club, Pickford has only ever missed a total of seven matches in the Premier League, all of which occurred in the 2020/2021 season. This converts to an astounding 162 appearances for them club across all competitions in only four years time.
Everton played host to Liverpool on October 17, 2020, in what was widely considered to be one of the most anticipated Merseyside derbies in recent years.
Pickford came racing off his line and collided with opposing defender Virgil van Dijk in the early seconds of the match, prompting the Dutch star to suffer an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). At the time, the Toffees were already behind the match by one goal.
Pickford was subjected to a significant amount of criticism from the media as a result of the event. Many people saw it as unnecessarily dangerous behavior and demanded for him to be penalized retroactively. The Premier League, on the other hand, did not give in to their requests.
It is safe to assume that Pickford entered the Euro 2020 tournament with a great deal to demonstrate. Many people felt that Burnley's Nick Pope was outperforming him in the Premier League despite the fact that his club form was deteriorating.
After a successful stint on loan with Sheffield United, Dean Henderson was also developing for Manchester United, and there was significant pressure on his position with the England national team.
However, Pope was injured before to the competition, andGareth Southgate
choose to stick with Pickford as his goalkeeper. It is impossible for us to know whether or not he would have had Pope accessible.
Pickford made the most of his opportunity as well, as seen by the fact that England's first four matches resulted in clean sheets for him.
This stretch featured an outstanding performance that he had against Germany, during which he made numerous key stops before England was able to settle the tie late in the game.
Jordan Pickford media
, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (@jpickford1
) with 1M followers. On the page, we can see various pictures of him along with his fans and family.
He also has a Twitter account (@JPickford1
) with more than 221k followers. He rarely posts new stuff on his Twitter page.
Jordan Pickford body measurements
, it should be mentioned that the player is 188cm and 75kg.
Jordan Pickford's net worth
is estimated to be around $12 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.
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