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Southgate reveals no serious England challenge for Everton keeper Pickford

Gareth Southgate says there is no serious challenge to Jordan Pickford as England's number one goalkeeper.

Burnley's Nick Pope and Manchester United youngster Dean Henderson have been included in Southgate's recent squads.

But even after Pickford was dropped by Everton last weekend, the Three Lions boss is sticking by his man.

"When people say I have been loyal to him, he has deserved that," said Southgate. "His performances for us have been excellent so that has not been a difficult decision for me.

"We have some competition for places but I would have to say that there is nobody who I think is challenging seriously at the moment to push him out of that position.

"In terms of how his club are looking after him, he has got a hugely experienced manager there who has won everything in the game. He is in a very good place."


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