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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