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Report: Southgate picks England number one for World Cup

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England manager Gareth Southgate has reportedly chosen Jordan Pickford to be his number one goalkeeper for the upcoming World Cup, claims the Daily Mirror

The former Middlesbrough coach appears to have made his mind up on the matter after the recent international friendlies against both the Netherlands and Italy with Southgate having previously admitted that he was unsure over who will be his first-choice for the tournament.

England acquitted themselves well in both of their matches with a 1-0 win over Holland in the first friendly, before losing an almost certain victory against Italy to a VAR ruling.

Southgate has a choice of three goalkeepers for the World Cup in the likes of Jack Butland, Joe Hart, and Jordan Pickford.

Previous number one Hart had hoped that Southgate’s tendency to show “loyalty” towards the players may work in his favour, despite a disappointing season at West Ham United with the 30 year-old having struggled to maintain his place in the line-up at the London Stadium.

Stoke City’s Jack Butland was considered a strong favourite after another outstanding season behind the posts for the struggling Premier League side. His performance’s have reportedly caught the interest of both Liverpool and Arsenal for a move this summer.

But the Mirror has reported that Southgate has decided to go with Everton’s Pickford for the tournament with the 24 year-old having enjoyed a strong season at his new club, following his £25m transfer from the relegated Sunderland last summer.