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Everton goalkeeping coach Kelly delighted for England No1 Pickford

Everton goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly has heaped praise on Jordan Pickford for his Euro 2020 campaign with England.

Kelly underlined Pickford's impressive tournament displays are a continuation of his fine form for Everton during the calendar year – declaring his belief the 27-year-old has risen to the responsibility of being one of the “main men" for Club and country.

“He's played a lot of football – particularly now at the highest level – and he has such a memory bank of situations he can call upon," Kelly told

“You're seeing the maturity in his performances and his game-management.

“We know how good he is with his feet and we know he can make match-winning saves.

“He's also accepted that responsibility of being the main man and being one of the top performers at the Club, when people look up to you, almost in a captain-type role. That responsibility sits very nicely with him now.

“I think that's one thing most people will have heard with games played behind-closed-doors – Jordan Pickford barking out instructions, trying to help the team before situations have developed.

“He's been fantastic in the Euros. I don't think that's a surprise to Evertonians because, since the turn of the year, his performances have been first-class.

“He's got that understanding of the game and he doesn't go looking for work. When the ball goes into his sphere, he deals with it, and he's done that fantastically well."

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