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Sunderland’s Preston keeper Pickford confident England has quality to overcome Kazakhstan

Jordan Pickford believes the England U21 side is well-placed to make it two wins from two in Euro2017 qualifying.


The Young Lions host Kazakhstan at Coventry's Ricoh Arena in their second clash of the qualifying campaign for the UEFA tournament in Poland in two years' time.

Last time out, Gareth Southgate's side edge Norway 1-0 in Drammen in September and Sunderland goalkeeper Pickford, who is on a season-long loan at Preston North End, feels there is enough quality in the squad to deal with the visiting Kazakhstani outfit.

"It was good to get back into training and now we switch our focus to Tuesday, which will be another test and another qualifier," the 21-year-old told TheFA.com.

"We just need to work hard, put the preparation in to get the win and listen to the coaching staff to go from there.

"It's a different pressure now, it's a qualifier and they'll come at us and want to do well.

"But if we stick to what we can do best, then we shouldn't have a problem."

From a personal viewpoint, Pickford has been in fine form for the Lilywhites in his 10 Championship appearances, despite the fact the club sits second bottom on the league table.

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