Honoured Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford aiming for more call-ups to England camp

Jordan Pickford training with the England squad.
Jordan Pickford training with the England squad.
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Proud Jordan Pickford is hoping for more call-ups to the England camp after getting his first taste of the senior squad.

The England Under-21 international was drafted into the main squad by boss Gareth Southgate for the goalless World Cup qualifier with Slovenia in midweek after Burnley stopper Tom Heaton withdrew due to injury.

Pickford was named among the substitutes, with number one Joe Hart producing a brilliant performance to ensure England at least left with a point.

The Washington-born stopper said he was honoured to have been called into the senior squad for the first time and the 22-year-old hopes there will be more opportunities in future.

Pickford said: "It was a really proud moment for me because I didn’t expect it to be honest.

"I got the call and I was over the moon. I was at my mum's when I found out so it was special.

"It was really, really good to be within the camp and experience that kind of spirit at international level.

"That’s where I want to be somewhere down the line. I want to be in that squad as much as I can but I have got to keep working hard at Sunderland.

"I know it’s important to keep playing well and put the performances in so hopefully I can do that and somewhere down the line more chances will come."

Capped nine times at England Under-21 level, Pickford has made seven first-team appearances for Sunderland this season.

He was drafted into the first team after the elbow injury suffered by Vito Mannone at the end of August, which ruled him out for three months.

Southgate has been keeping close tabs on Pickford's progress this season.

And the young keeper was pleased to link up again with the former Boro boss, who is in interim charge after Sam Allardyce left his post after just 67 days in charge.

Pickford added: "It was great to link up with Gareth [Southgate] who I know from my time with the Under-21s.

"He is a great coach, he has always spoken well to me and he has helped me a lot."