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Ancelotti: Pickford is ‘the best keeper that England has’ despite recent criticism

Carlo Ancelotti believes Jordan Pickford is still ‘the best keeper that England has’ despite criticism over the Everton star’s recent form.

Pickford has come under increased scrutiny this season following a series of below-par showings and was at fault for Christian Benteke’s goal during Everton’s win over Crystal Palace last time out.

The 25-year-old has struggled to produce his best form and is coming under increasing pressure on the international stage from Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson and Burnley’s Nick Pope, with calls leading for him to be dropped by Gareth Southgate ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper was England’s number one during the 2018 World Cup and throughout their qualifiers for Euro 2020, and speaking ahead of this weekend’s trip to Arsenal, Ancelotti has defended the under-fire goalkeeper who he says should remain as the Three Lions’ number one.

“To be England’s number one is a responsibility,” Ancelotti said at his pre-match press conference. “He deserves it as I think he is the best keeper that England has.

“I am not afraid about the critics. In the game against Crystal Palace he made a mistake but he also did a fantastic save. This is the job of the goalkeeper.

“Unfortunately you can make a mistake but after that you need to have the personality to move on quickly, and he did.

“For this reason, not just his quality, he is the goalkeeper of the national team.”

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