Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jordan Is Southgate's No.1 Pick for World Cup

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jordan Is Southgate's No.1 Pick for World Cup

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GARETH Southgate dropped a heavy hint that Jordan Pickford will be England's World Cup keeper by selecting him for the victory over Nigeria, but declined to publicly settle the issue with one more friendly to go.

The Three Lions boss has yet to reveal whether Pickford or Jack Butland will be his firstchoice goalkeeper in Russia but the scales tipped heavily in the Everton man's favour as he was given 90 minutes in the 2-1 win at Wembley.

That was only Pickford's third senior cap, meaning another outing would surely be beneficial if he is to don the gloves against Tunisia on June 18.

But when invited to put the issue to bed, Southgate gave a slim chance for Butland to play the final warm-up fixture at Elland Road on Thursday. …

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