England keeper Pickford criticised for ‘strange’ display vs. Belgium

Date published: Friday 29th June 2018 10:46 - Oli Fisher

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been criticised by Gary Neville and Lee Dixon after his display against Belgium.

Pickford was one of few players to retain their England place as Gareth Southgate’s men were beaten by Belgium in the final game of Group G at the World Cup.

The Everton keeper was not spared by the pundits after conceding from Adnan Januzaj’s fine effort.

Neville was particularly scathing of his “strange” goalkeeping, with Danny Rose not escaping his wrath.

“He comes in – he has to come in – and then you’re thinking he has to show him down the line, and he doesn’t show him down the line. I have to say it’s poor from Danny Rose,” Neville told ITV Sport of the left-back’s defending.

“The goalkeeping’s a bit strange. It’s just all a bit strange to be honest with you.

“His feet are up in the air. His feet are off the ground when he’s jumping. He goes with his wrong hand. It’s just a bit weird, the whole dive thing after. But Danny Rose has got to show him down the line.”

Lee Dixon then interjected. “I’m not a goalkeeping coach or anything, but I think when the ball is struck, he’s got to go with his other hand.

“I texted my friend of mine who is a goalkeeping coach and he said he should have gone with his right hand.”

He then questioned the Everton shot-stopper’s positioning, wondering whether it was “a timing thing”.

England’s odds to reach the World Cup semi-finals actually shortened after their defeat to Belgium on Thursday night; England are 13/10 with bet365 to reach the the last four.

bet365’s Steve Freeth said:  “Everybody has an opinion on the England result, but the crux of the matter from a betting point of view is that we’d have been 2/1 instead of 13/10 to reach the last four had they topped the group.”

 

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