Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Everton's Jordan Pickford surely England's No 1 going to the World Cup

Everton's Jordan Pickford surely England's No 1 going to the World Cup

Southgate set England out with a three-man defence, including Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker at centre-half.

"It was one of the best performances I've seen from an England team in a long, long while", the ex-England global told the Weekend Sports Breakfast. "He played really well against Germany in November and it's a good chance for us to see him in another global game".

Southgate was pleased with their performance but also said players like Adam Lallana and Ruben Loftus-Cheek - man of the match on his debut against Germany in November - will have a chance to stake their claims.

Gareth Southgate was impressed by Jordan Pickford's World Cup audition as the battle to become England's number one heats up.

"We have a different type of player coming through now compared to those we have had in the past and I want them to play with freedom".

This was a display, and goal, that put Lingard on the steps of the plane for Russian Federation because, for all the attacking talent England has at their disposal in players such as Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy, the team still relies far too heavily on the now injured Harry Kane.

England, who had not won in Amsterdam since 1969, now have one more friendly against Italy on Tuesday before Southgate finalises his squad for Russian Federation.

"Yes (it was a good night for Pickford) definitely", Southgate said of the Everton goalkeeper.

Lingard has scored 14 goals for Manchester United in all competitions this season. "They played with real composure, and played with intelligence too".

"You need to be comfortable defending in wide areas, but being a full-back means you are composed on the ball in those areas".

"I heard some of the booing of the anthem which obviously isn't acceptable", the England manger said.

There is no doubt Southgate still has many areas to address in his squad before he names the players he will take on the plane to Russian Federation - but this was a pleasing night for his plans.

Dutch police, as of Friday night, had made 90 arrests in connection with disturbances in the Dutch capital.

"I knew we'd got pace and energy in the team, but I was really, really pleased with the composure especially playing through the first two thirds of the pitch".

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