Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford is “really excited” to be part of the England squad after being called up for the World Cup qualifier in Slovenia. Here are 10 things you may not know about the England new boy.
Jordan Lee Pickford was born in Washington on March, 7 1994.
He joined Sunderland’s Academy at the age of eight and progressed through the age groups before signing two-year scholarship terms in 2010.
Pickford has had loan spells at Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City, and Preston North End.
He made his first-team debut on January 9 2016 in a 3-1 FA Cup loss to Arsenal.
He made his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on January 16th losing 4-1, meaning he had played in the top five leagues of English football by the age of 21.
Pickford began the 2016-17 season as understudy to Vito Mannone. However, after Mannone suffered a serious arm injury in training, Pickford started Sunderland’s third league game of the season, away to Southampton.
Pickford has represented England at every level from Under 16 through to Under 21.
Pickford made his debut for the England Under 21s in a friendly against the United States under-23s at Deepdale on 3rd September 2015.
He was part of the England U21 team that won the 2016 Toulon Tournament, their first such win for 22 years.
Pickford has just received his first ever call-up from the England squad, replacing an injured Tom Heaton for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.