Southgate confirms Jordan Pickford will not start for England vs Wales

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England vs Wales

England are set to return to action on Thursday evening in the first of three ties to be played out over the current international break.

The first of which comes in the form of a friendly meeting with neighbours and close rivals, Wales.

The tie has little significance in terms of the actual result, but Gareth Southgate and co. will still no doubt be eager to pick up a victory as they look ahead to their latest set of competitive fixtures.

Following the tie with Wales on Thursday, the Three Lions are set to play out two Nations League outings.

The first of which comes against Belgium on Sunday evening, with the result of that tie no doubt set to play a huge role in who tops England’s group, which is currently led by the Red Devils.

England then host Denmark three days later in a 7:45 PM kick-off.

Southgate on Pickford

Ahead of his side’s next set of fixtures, Gareth Southgate held his latest press conference on Wednesday evening.

Southgate discussed a number of topics in the presser, one of which was Jordan Pickford.

The shot-stopper has endured something of a rough year or so at Everton, with his future under Carlo Ancelotti called into question back in August.

However, despite the speculation, the Italian persisted with Pickford as his no.1 for the start of 2020/21.

And though Everton have been in fine form of late, Pickford’s poor displays have continued, with his latest high-profile error coming just this past weekend vs Brighton:

Now, speaking in his pre-Wales presser, Southgate has addressed Pickford’s form, whilst also confirming he will not start vs Wales:

“Jordan Pickford has made errors, Nick Pope made errors too at the weekend and Dean Henderson has only played League Cup games in changed line-ups. It is a close contest and all three we would not have any hesitation in putting in goal.

“We will make a change tomorrow and it is a good opportunity to put players in.

“We have had keepers retire because they have felt it is a difficult situation to handle and to give people the opportunity to show what they can do.

“It is a tight call, Jordan’s performances with us have been excellent, I am not oblivious what has happened to him at Everton and we have to try and help them be in their best possible form when they are with us.”

Quotes via BBC Sport.

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