EVERTON and England No.1 Jordan Pickford has been warned he faces the axe as Gareth Southgate’s No.1.
Pickford was England’s hero at the World Cup last summer – becoming a household name for his part in the penalty shootout win over Colombia in the last 16.
But a run of patchy form and some starring displays from Burnley’s Tom Heaton could see the ex-Sunderland shot-stopper lose his place in the Three Lions side.
Starsport columnist Paul Merson said of the Everton man: Jordan Pickford needs to be a hero in the Merseyside derby tomorrow because his England place is starting to come under threat.
He made a big mistake in the last derby in December and it cost Everton a result.
You can bet their players remember that. There is no bigger incentive for Pickford to put in a performance and he might need to because it’s hard to see anything but a Liverpool win.
I don’t think he’s going to be a sure thing for England any more playing like this.
Look how well Tom Heaton is playing for Burnley since he’s come back from injury.
Pickford’s form has not been great this season. He’s making mistakes. Maybe he’s too comfortable.
He’s had no one putting pressure on him for Everton or England really.
But that’s coming now and Heaton is a genuine threat.
Pickford has not been in the same class as keepers like Alisson or Ederson this season. He needs be more consistent.
If Everton win at Goodison they will all be heroes and could even stop Liverpool winning the league.
But I think Liverpool have had their wobble, and they are still top. Get through this and it’s another big game out of the way. But if City somehow nick top spot they will win the league.
Everton host Liverpool on Sunday at 4.15pm.
Marco Silva has almost a full squad to choose from. Centre-back Kurt Zouma is available again having sat out the 3-0 win at Cardiff on Tuesday as he served a one-match suspension.
Full-back Leighton Baines is the only injured player, ruled out with a back problem.