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Moyes defends Everton keeper Pickford against England critics

Former Sunderland boss David Moyes has defended Jordan Pickford over his England performance in defeat to Belgium.

The Everton goalkeeper was criticised for conceding Adnan Januzaj's goal in their World Cup win.

“If you look at Jordan now, he's had full seasons at ­Sunderland and Everton," said Moyes. “What he's not had is experience with England at major tournaments.

“He's not had the level of scrutiny that comes with ­playing for England.

“And, being a goalkeeper, you obviously come under even more scrutiny. But I always felt Jordan would go to the World Cup and the more I saw of his performances at Everton last season, I thought it would be hard for Gareth not to pick him as his No.1."

The Scot added: “He's got a really good ­temperament, he worked really hard and never wanted to be beaten.

“His stature could be something you could say, 'Well he's not 6ft 4in like a lot of other goalkeepers but he's agile, quick in the goal and he makes good saves'."

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