as reported by daily express,
And that has given Gareth Southgate something of a selection dilemma.
England manager Southgate will be tempted to give his No 2 Jack Butland a game in the third place play-off against Belgium in St Petersburg tomorrow).
Pickford, though, not only wants to push his claims for inclusion in the FIFA team of the tournament but also wants to settle a score with Belgium counterpart Thibaut Courtois, who is also in the running along with France captain Hugo Lloris.
Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois questioned his lack of inches when he was beaten by Adnan Januzaj’s shot that settled the dead rubber group game between the two countries in Kaliningrad.
“Belgium? I owe them one – definitely,” said Pickford. “I’d love to get the goalkeeper of the tournament and hopefully I will get the nod against Belgium.
“We came to win this tournament. We can’t do that now but we want to finish third. It will be a tough test against Belgium again.
“Of course it will be hard to get ourselves up for it. That’s where character comes in. It’s another chance to show our togetherness. We want to finish a great tournament on a high.
“We can’t finish the best team in the world but we can still be the third best.”
Pickford has stepped up to the world stage with spectacular success along with England’s other international rookies Keiran Trippier and Harry Maguire to vindicate Southgate’s decision to make him No 1 ahead of Butland despite his