Does Southgate Have A Goalkeeping Dilemma?

Last updated : 11 February 2020 By Three Lions

Not for the first time since the 2018 World Cup, Jordan Pickford's form at club level for Everton has seen his suitability for England called into question by pundits in the media.

On the back of a mistake in the weekend game against Crystal Palace, Chris Sutton told the BBC that Gareth Southgate had been handed a dilemma due to Pickford's 'erratic' form for the Toffees.

The current talk may be a feature of the Premier League's 'mid-season' break which meant Everton were one of only six teams in action and perhaps gave greater emphasis to Pickford's error.

It may also be that there is seemingly more competition for the goalkeeper's jersey with the emergence of Dean Henderson at Sheffield United, Nick Pope performing well for Burnley and Fraser Forster earning rave reviews back at Celtic.

Still only 25-years-old, Pickford has come a long way since making his international debut in November 2017 against Germany.

Southgate, not a manager who has shied away from big selection decisions during his time as England boss, has seen Pickford questioned before but has consisently stuck with the former Sunderland man as a key part of his team.

And it would take something big to change his mind over who will be in between the posts when Croatia come to Wembley for the Euro 2020 opener on June 14.