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Jordan Pickford
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Pickford playing for England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Jordan Lee Pickford[1]
Birth name Jordan Lee Logan[4]
Date of birth (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Washington, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number 1
Youth career
2002–2011 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2017 Sunderland 31 (0)
2012Darlington (loan) 17 (0)
2013Alfreton Town (loan) 12 (0)
2013Burton Albion (loan) 12 (0)
2014Carlisle United (loan) 18 (0)
2014–2015Bradford City (loan) 33 (0)
2015–2016Preston North End (loan) 24 (0)
2017– Everton 52 (0)
National team
2009–2010 England U16 5 (0)
2010–2011 England U17 17 (0)
2010–2012 England U18 3 (0)
2012–2013 England U19 8 (0)
2015 England U20 3 (0)
2015–2017 England U21 14 (0)
2017– England 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:47, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:47, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Jordan Lee Pickford ( Logan; born 7 March 1994)[4] is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Everton and the England national team.

Pickford has previously played for Sunderland's academy, reserve, and senior teams in addition to loan spells at Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston North End. He signed for Everton for a fee of £25 million in June 2017.

Pickford has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels. He received his first call-up from the full England national team for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in October 2016, making his debut in November 2017 in a friendly against Germany. He was the starting goalkeeper in England’s 2018 World Cup fourth-place finish, leading the squad to its first semi-final appearance since 1990 with a penalty shootout victory and clean sheet in the knockout stages.

Early and personal life

Pickford was born in Washington, Tyne and Wear,[5] and attended St Robert of Newminster Catholic School.[6]

Club career

Sunderland

Pickford joined Sunderland's Academy at the age of eight and progressed through the age groups before signing two-year scholarship terms in 2010.[7] The following year, Pickford was promoted from the Academy to the reserve team.[8]

In 2011, Pickford signed his first professional contract with the club.[9] The following year, Pickford signed a contract extension with the club.[10]

Loans to Darlington and Alfreton Town

Pickford signed on loan for Conference Premier club Darlington in time to make his debut against Fleetwood Town on 21 January 2012, playing the whole of a 1–0 home loss.[11][12] The initial month-long loan was subsequently extended until the end of April.[13] Pickford went on to make seventeen appearances for Darlington,[14] who were relegated.[15]

On 25 February 2013, Pickford signed for Conference Premier club Alfreton Town, again on an initial month-long loan[16] and was a cover for Phil Barnes, who was injured.[17] He made his debut the next day in a 5–1 win over Hyde United.[18] His loan spell at the club was subsequently extended until the end of the season.[19] During this spell, Pickford kept five clean sheets in twelve matches.[20]

Loans to Burton Albion and Carlisle United

On 2 August 2013, Pickford signed another loan deal, this time with League Two club Burton Albion,[20] and made his debut the next day against Cheltenham Town.[21] However, his loan ended on 17 August, after Sunderland recalled him with Pickford featuring just three times for Burton.[22][23] On 13 September, Pickford re-joined Burton on loan.[24] His handful of first-team appearances at Burton Albion led to an extension of his loan spell for another month.[25] After making 12 appearances across his two loan spells, Pickford was recalled by his parent club once again.[26] He subsequently spent 11 matches as an unused substitute on the bench as a cover for Vito Mannone between 23 November 2013 and 18 January 2014.[27]

Although it was rumoured that he could return on loan to Burton for the third time,[28] Pickford joined League One club Carlisle United on a one-month loan on 8 February 2014.[29] He made his debut that same day in a 2–1 loss away to Gillingham.[30] His form and handful of first-team appearances led the club to keep him on loan for the rest of the season.[31] After extending his loan at the club, Pickford went on to make 18 appearances for Carlisle.[32]

At the end of the 2013–14 season, Pickford signed a four-year contract with Sunderland, keeping him at the club until 2018.[33]

Loan to Bradford City

On 21 July 2014, Pickford joined League One club Bradford City on a season-long loan for the 2014–15 season.[34] He made his debut on 9 August in a 3–2 win against Coventry City at Valley Parade,[35] and kept his first clean sheet in the following match, a 0–0 draw away to Walsall.[36] Pickford then received his first ever red card after he was sent off in the 11th minute of a 2–1 loss to Rochdale on 10 January 2015.[37] He served a one-match suspension which his club did not appeal.[38]

On 7 February, he was once again expelled from play as he was sent off in the last minute of a 2–2 away draw against Port Vale.[39] After being given a two-match ban, the club successfully appealed and had it revoked.[40][41]

Pickford established himself as a first-choice goalkeeper for most of the season until he was recalled by his parent club on 9 March 2015.[42]

Loan to Preston North End

On 31 July 2015, Pickford joined Championship club Preston North End on a season-long loan for the 2015–16 season.[43] He kept a clean sheet on his debut in a 0–0 draw against Middlesbrough at Deepdale.[44]

Further clean sheets in a 1–0 win against Milton Keynes Dons in his second league appearance and a 0–0 draw with Rotherham United on 18 August made it three clean sheets from his first three league appearances for the club.[45][46] On 25 August, Pickford kept another clean sheet as Preston defeated Premier League team Watford 1–0 in the League Cup.[47] On 7 November, he recorded a 6th consecutive clean sheet in a 0–0 draw against QPR, equalling the club record.[48][49] During his stint at Preston, Pickford impressed his veteran goalkeeping teammate Chris Kirkland, who said "Jordan comes out to take crosses and has an authority for someone still very young... As for his kicking, that is brilliant! I have never seen anyone kick a ball like he does."[50] On 20 December 2015, Pickford was controversially sent off in a 1–0 defeat against Leeds United: he rushed out of his box to challenge striker Chris Wood, and was judged to have handled the ball.[51] Preston successfully appealed the decision, using replay footage that showed the ball hitting his chest.[52]

Return to Sunderland

On 1 January 2016, Pickford was recalled by Sunderland, with the side struggling in 19th place in the Premier League.[53] He made his first-team debut on 9 January 2016, in a 3–1 FA Cup loss to Arsenal.[54] He made his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 16 January 2016 losing 4–1, meaning he had played in the top five leagues of English football by the age of 21.[55] On 26 January, Pickford signed a new contract committing his future to Sunderland until 2020.[7]

Pickford began the 2016–17 season as understudy to Vito Mannone. However, after Mannone suffered a serious arm injury in training, Pickford started Sunderland's third league match of the season, away to Southampton. He produced several saves during the match, but in the 85th minute he made an error which allowed Jay Rodriguez to equalise for the hosts in a 1–1 draw.[56][57] On 13 April 2017, Pickford was named as one of six players shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.[58]

Everton

On 15 June 2017, Pickford signed for Premier League club Everton on a five-year contract. The initial fee of £25 million, with the possibility of rising to £30 million in add-ons, made him the third most expensive goalkeeper in history, the most expensive British goalkeeper of all time and will make him Everton's second most expensive signing, pending add-on payments,[59] as Gylfi Sigurðsson is currently the club's most expensive signing with £40 million plus add-on payments.[60] Pickford made his league debut for Everton on 12 August 2017, when his club beat Stoke City 1–0 at Goodison Park.[61] At the conclusion of his first season, he was named Everton's Player of the Season, along with numerous other club accolades.[62]

International career

Youth

Pickford playing for England U21 in 2017

Pickford has represented the England international team at every level from under-16s to under-21s.[57] In October 2009, he made his England U16 debut against Wales U16.[63] In 2011, Pickford represented England at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. In a game versus Canada, Pickford allowed an 86th-minute goal, from a downfield kick by Canadian goalkeeper Quillan Roberts which tied the game in a 2–2 draw,[64] which remains as the only goal scored by a goalkeeper in a FIFA finals to date from open play.[65]

On 25 August 2015, he was called up to the England under-21 squad for the first time.[66] Pickford made his debut for the under-21s in a friendly against the United States under-23s at Deepdale on 3 September 2015.[57]

On 14 October, Pickford assisted Nathan Redmond's goal in the England U21s' 3–0 victory over Kazakhstan at the Ricoh Arena with a long range pass from his own penalty area.[67] His team won the 2016 Toulon Tournament, their first in 22 years.[68]

On 9 October 2016, Pickford received his first call-up to the senior squad, replacing an injured Tom Heaton for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.[69]

Pickford led the England under-21 to the semi-final of the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in June 2017 with a string of strong performances.[70]

Senior team

Pickford playing for England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

On 24 August 2017, Pickford was called up to the England squad by manager Gareth Southgate for two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.[71] However, he later withdrew from the squad due to injury.[72] Pickford made his debut in a friendly on 10 November 2017, starting as England drew 0–0 with Germany at Wembley Stadium.[73]

Pickford was named in the 23-man England national team squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[74] He started the opening match against Tunisia, which England won 2–1.[75] In their round of 16 match on 3 July, Pickford helped England beat Colombia 4–3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw, saving from Carlos Bacca, to claim his nation's first World Cup penalty shoot-out victory and a place in the quarter-final.[76]

On 7 July 2018, Pickford kept his first clean sheet of the World Cup and was named man of the match, as England knocked out Sweden with a 2–0 win in the quarter-finals. The result earned England a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.[77]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 2 December 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2011–12[78] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[79] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[32] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[80] Premier League 0 0 0 0
2015–16[81] Premier League 2 0 1 0 3 0
2016–17[82] Premier League 29 0 0 0 3 0 32 0
Total 31 0 1 0 3 0 35 0
Darlington (loan) 2011–12[14] Conference Premier 17 0 17 0
Alfreton Town (loan) 2012–13[14] Conference Premier 12 0 12 0
Burton Albion (loan) 2013–14[32] League Two 12 0 1 0 13 0
Carlisle United (loan) 2013–14[32] League One 18 0 18 0
Bradford City (loan) 2014–15[80] League One 33 0 1[a] 0 34 0
Preston North End (loan) 2015–16[81] Championship 24 0 3 0 27 0
Everton 2017–18[61] Premier League 38 0 1 0 1 0 6[b] 0 46 0
2018–19[83] Premier League 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 52 0 1 0 1 0 6 0 60 0
Career total 199 0 2 0 8 0 7 0 216 0
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International

As of match played 18 November 2018[84]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2017 1 0
2018 14 0
Total 15 0

Honours

England U21

England

Individual

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