Everton ‘keeper Jordan Pickford has hit back at criticism of his form and admits to being p*ssed off at the fickle nature of the media.
The England international has drawn fierce criticism in recent weeks following a series of below-par performances for club side Everton, Pickford making a huge blunder in allowing Christian Benteke’s tame shot to squeeze under his body during the Toffee’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Many have questioned whether the 25-year-old should retain his place in the national side ahead of this summer’s European Championships, though Pickford has now hit back at the media, slamming the harsher treatment received by England players in the press.
“It’s funny because everyone raves about you when you are with England, but when you go back to your club everyone wants to slate you,” Pickford said, as per the Liverpool Echo.
“It does p**s you off. The press, the punters, everybody – look at Gary Neville – they just want to come for England players. Everyone gets stick.
“That’s part of being an England player. You have got to live with it, you have got to learn.
“You just keep it away from your head as the only person who can sort things out is yourself as an individual, on the pitch and in training.
“Every England player gets stick. Some get a lot more praise than others. It is what it is. Look at Joe Hart when he was No.1. He got pelters every week.
“It’s easy to see. Everyone hates you, for some reason. I just get on with it. I know what I am capable of and I know what I am good at.
“It’s looking after things on the pitch for Everton that is my main aim. That gets you picked for England. I know I have been good for England.”