As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Southgate admits calling Everton keeper Pickford after Van Dijk tackle

Gareth Southgate has revealed he called Jordan Pickford after his tackle on Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

Everton goalkeeper Pickford caught van Dijk with a dangerous tackle in the Merseyside derby last month, which left the Dutchman needing surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament.

"It was after the Liverpool game. I was just checking in," Southgate told a press conference of how he has handled the Everton shot-stopper's recent struggles.

"I recognised that it had been a very high-profile situation and there had been a lot of collateral fallout in a very public way so I just felt it would be an appropriate call to make to see how he was and if I could help him in any way really.

"When people say I've been loyal to him I mean he's deserved that. His performances have been excellent for us, so that's not been a difficult decision for me."


Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!

Video of the day:

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free