The former Wales international says that Jordan Pickford's form for his country should keep him as England #1.

Former Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Crossley has urged Gareth Southgate to keep Jordan Pickford as his number one for this summer’s European Championships.

Pickford has come under increased pressure in recent months due to a string of high-profile mistakes for Everton. Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen has been awarded game time by manager Carlo Ancelotti at times this season, and the good form of fellow England stoppers Nick Pope and Dean Henderson has caused some to question if they should get the chance.

Speaking to the Football Social Daily podcast, the former Welsh international said that he thinks Gareth Southgate should keep faith with the former Sunderland man.

“For me, you stay with Pickford because he’s got the international experience and he looks comfortable and I don’t remember him playing poorly for England. In fact, he’s done really really well.”

When asked if he would consider either Burnley’s Nick Pope or Manchester United’s Dean Henderson ahead of Pickford for the forthcoming tournament, Crossley said that the Toffees man tended to find his best form when wearing the Three Lions.

“On club form, you’d probably pick Nick Pope but Pickford plays better for England than he does for his club we’ve all seen that. For his club, he’s under the spotlight week in, week out and it’s not got great for him over the last season or two at club level, but I’ve never seen him perform poorly for England.”

You can listen to the full interview with Mark Crossley on the Football Social Daily podcast where he talks more about the changing role of goalkeepers in the modern game, his hopes of Wales in the Euros and his time at Forest under the late, great Brian Clough.

Listen to “Haaland’s Chelsea link, successful second spells and former Wales and Forest keeper Mark Crossley joins us”.

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