Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has lambasted pundits such as Gary Neville for their criticism of his performances for both club and country.
Pickford has been a regular figure for Everton since his move from Sunderland in 2017, in which time he has also gained the trust of England boss Gareth Southgate between the sticks.
While the 25-year-old has largely been solid on both the domestic and international stages, Pickford has been called out for errors on numerous occasions.
Pickford was at fault last season as Everton lost 3-2 against Newcastle and, more recently, the goalkeeper gifted a goal to Christian Benteke in the win over Crystal Palace.
Speaking to reporters [via the Manchester Evening News] following Saturday’s defeat of the Eagles, Pickford called out the press and name-checked Neville in a long rant.
“The press and everybody, the punters — look at Gary Neville,” Pickford said. “They just want to come for England players.
“Everyone gets stick. That’s part of being an England player. You have to live with it, you’ve got to learn.
“You just keep it away from your head as the only person who can sort things out is yourself, on the pitch and in training.
“Every England player gets stick. Some get a lot more praise than others. Look at Joe Hart when he was No 1. He got pelters every week.”
Pickford continued by insisting that he knows he is capable of continuing to perform for both Everton and England.
“It’s easy to see. Everyone hates you, for some reason. I just get on with it,” he said. “I know what I’m capable of and I know what I’m good at. Yeah, it hurts.
“I know I have been good for England. It’s funny because everyone raves about you when you are with England, but then you go back to your club and everyone wants to slate you. I don’t let it affect me. But it does p*** you off.”
Everton are set for a weekend off as part of the Premier League’s winter break, but are back in action on February 23 against Arsenal.
The Blues have a tough schedule in the top flight, with matches against Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester to follow after playing the Gunners.
However, Everton are now just five points off the top four having been in and around the relegation zone before Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment.