Southgate backs Pickford to ignore furore around Everton points deduction | England

“I wonder what you want to talk to me about?” Jordan Pickford said, drily, to reporters. And accurately. Clue: it was not his role in England’s 2-0 Euro 2024 qualifying win over Malta on Friday night.

It is a nightmare time for Pickford and everybody connected with Everton after the bombshell of Friday lunchtime – the 10-point deduction in the Premier League for a breach of the financial rules. The goalkeeper’s “No, I won’t be stopping to share my thoughts” was unsaid but entirely implicit.

Put yourself in Pickford’s boots. You are trucking along nicely, Everton in 14th…


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