Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford starts for England but Duncan Watmore on the bench

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Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford has been handed a start for England Under 21s in the European qualifier against Norway.

The stopper, currently on loan at Championship side Preston North End, enjoyed an impressive debut in the 1-0 win over the USA last week.

And he keeps his place for the European Championship 2017 qualifying match in Drammen (KO 5.45pm).

Duncan Watmore has to make do with a place on the subs bench despite his assist in the US victory.

Pickford revelled in the surroundings at Deepdale to defy the United States’ Under-23s as England edged a 1-0 friendly success.

The Under-21 call continues Pickford’s rise through the England international ranks, having been capped at U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 levels.

Manchester United striker James Wilson grabbed the only goal, netting from close range in the 72nd minute.