Pickford has cut short his holiday to join Everton's preseason.
He told the Daily Mail: “I grew up watching Peter Schmeichel videos, so there may have been some of that there. As a Sunderland fan, I loved Tommy Sorensen. I watched football but I was a kid who really preferred being out on the street with my mates playing hide and seek!
“That's me - a bit daft! I was out playing football every day on the Tarmac, diving to make saves.
“As a keeper, you need every tool in the box. You can be technically great but it's all about keeping the ball out the net. You need guts. Mark at Sunderland used to say the job is keeping it out, however scruffy or technically perfect it may be."