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Post  Hieronymus on 2016-10-09, 9:29 pm

Well I am in two minds about this. Pleased he has been called up as I think his performances deserve it, but scared stiff he will get an injury. And wasn't he withdrawn from the U21s due to an injury anyway? 
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Jordan Pickford has played seven games for Sunderland this season

Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford has been given his first England call-up after being drafted into the squad to face Slovenia in Tuesday's 2018 World Cup qualifier.
He replaces Burnley's Tom Heaton, who has picked up a minor injury.
Pickford, 22, had been due to link up with the Under-21s for their Euro qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs has also joined the squad, replacing Ryan Bertrand.
The Southampton defender suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win over Malta.


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Post  Silvers on 2016-10-09, 9:31 pm

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Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford says he is "honoured" to have been called up to the England squad for the first time.

Pickford began the season as understudy to Vito Mannone but is now first-choice at the Stadium of Light after the Italian suffered an arm injury in training.

The 22-year-old has represented England at various youth levels and has now been given his first senior call-up after being drafted into the squad to face Slovenia in Tuesday's 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Pickford, who had been due to link up with the Under-21s for their Euro qualifier against Bulgaria, replaces Tom Heaton in Gareth Southgate's party after the Burnley stopper picked up a minor injury.

The Sunderland star revealed his delight on Twitter, tweeting: "Honoured to be called up to the @England senior team for the first time! Really excited for the journey ahead, can't wait to get started."
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Post  Silvers on 2016-10-10, 10:31 am

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Former Burton Albion goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been called up to the senior England squad for the first time. The 22-year-old stopper, who had two loan spells at the Pirelli Stadium in 2013 and made 13 appearances for Gary Rowett's side, has been one of the rare positives for Sunderland this season after breaking into the first team at the Stadium of Light.

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Pickford has drawn the plaudits for a string of impressive saves and performances, with Tottenham Hotspur keeper Hugo Lloris describing Pickford as 'amazing' following Spurs' 1-0 win over the Black Cats in September.

Now with Burnley keeper Tom Heaton withdrawing from Gareth Southgate's squad due to injury, Pickford has been called up in his stead. The Sunderland keeper has worked under Southgate before when the caretaker England boss was managing the country's under-21 side.
Joe Hart (Torino) and Fraser Forster (Southampton) are the keepers Pickford will be keeping company in the England squad.
Pickford's first loan spell at the Pirelli was cut short by injury and his return lasted little longer before Sunderland recalled him in November 2013. After a difficult start, the youngster gradually impressed further at the Pirelli with Rowett attributing much of the youngster's development to his coaching sessions with Kevin Poole.


“Kevin's had a massive impact (on Jordan)," said Rowett back in 2013. “The goalkeepers are with him for 60 per cent of the week - we don't even see them except for in a far distant corner of the training ground.
“The great thing about Pooley and other members of staff is they just get on with their job. I've never heard one keeper say they didn't enjoy their sessions with Pooley. Adam Legzdins credits him with where he is now and speaks very highly of him."
And after a 1-0 away win at Exeter, Rowett could see the youngster's progression. "I think he's got better and better," said Brewers boss Rowett. “We know all about his kicking but he's coming and catching or punching the crosses well too. He's being proactive.
“He's got lots and lots of good attributes he's showing more and more.

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Post  barrowmackem on 2016-10-10, 12:45 pm

chuffed for the lad and well deserved, some fans wrote him off as " not ready" (but not from this forum I might add far to knowledgeable here for that) with his mistake at Southampton.

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Post  canary-dave on 2016-10-10, 1:07 pm

barrowmackem wrote:chuffed for the lad and well deserved, some fans wrote him off as " not ready" (but not from this forum I might add far to knowledgeable here for that) with his mistake at Southampton.

Anybody who saw Peter Schmicael's sliced own goal at Sheffield in the cup should know, no matter how good the keeper is, there will always be the odd error! (Gary Sprake anyone?)

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Post  Silvers on 2016-10-10, 1:29 pm

..now that's a controversial name from the past..

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Post  Guest on 2016-10-10, 2:11 pm

silvers wrote:Good for him...
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Ellis short will be over the moon as Pickford value will have increased over night due to his call up and being a full international.  He'll be sold, no two ways about it..recent history proves that....bye Jordan.
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Post  Silvers on 2016-10-10, 3:06 pm

My head  says  you're right................... my heart hopes you're not..

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Post  cyprussyd on 2016-10-10, 3:25 pm

Pickford is nothing like Henderson.
He is a local lad, lives with his parents in the area, Sunderland is his boyhood club and he never wants to leave.

Henderson lived in!!!!!!!!!!
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Post  Kipper on 2016-10-10, 4:19 pm

Don't want it to happen but how much do Man City pay for keepers these days?
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Post  Nostalgic on 2016-10-10, 7:34 pm

It's a good step in the right direction for his career as the present Emgland goalie position is up for grabs. Another season or two he will be ready for it.
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Post  Silvers on 2016-10-10, 10:56 pm

cyprussyd wrote:Pickford is nothing like Henderson.
He is a local lad, lives with his parents in the area, Sunderland is his boyhood club and he never wants to leave.

Henderson lived in!!!!!!!!!!
I see what you mean Embarassed

perhaps the only way we can enter the transfer market as buyers ????

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Post  sunderpitt on 2016-10-11, 9:09 am

So Jordan will captain and Jordan will be the keeper!

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[size=47]Jordan Henderson, like Gareth Southgate, is the upstanding leader England needs[/size]

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Henderson and Southgate sit comfortably representing a new era of decency the nation needs CREDIT: REUTERS
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[size=118]There are natural born leaders and others who thrive when they have leadership thrust upon them.
Jordan Henderson will be the first to admit he falls into the latter category.
Gareth Southgate may see a little of his own circumstances in the Liverpool skipper, which could offer an explanation why he’s given him the armband following the de-selection of Wayne Rooney for tonight’s World Cup qualifier with Slovenia.
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Just as with England, Henderson was not expecting to be named Liverpool captain two years ago. He will be following a familiar trail if he initially shuffles with uncertainty before striding proudly in the shadow of a legend. Should the symmetry be extended, those questioning the wisdom of the decision will be pleasantly surprised as Henderson grows into the role.[/size]

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Henderson did not particularly crave the Liverpool armband. It was not lack of ambition, but he wanted his mentor Steven Gerrard to stay at the club. Gerrard’s move to LA Galaxy created a vacancy no-one beyond Brendan Rodgers and the Anfield hierarchy had seen coming and the period of adjustment was tough.
There were few candidates to replace him and it was not until the start of the following season Rodgers confirmed Henderson as the permanent heir. He’d toyed with giving it to a more senior figure such as Kolo Toure or James Milner, but Milner had only just arrived from Manchester City. Henderson had his chance, but has since acknowledged his initial discomfort.


[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Henderson took on the Liverpool armband from Steven Gerrard CREDIT: REUTERS

On a personal level, his first year as Liverpool captain was awful. Injuries robbed him of playing time, and while respect for him in the changing room has always been absolute the broader fanbase felt Jurgen Klopp would eventually offer the job to someone more at ease.
“There was never a time when I didn't want the captaincy, or doubted whether I was the right man for it, there were times when it was hard to feel like the captain because I wasn't contributing on the pitch,” Henderson recently admitted.




If there was a turning point, certainly privately, we should head to Liverpool’s pre-season summer training camp in Palo Alto last July.
It was in California Henderson received assurances from Klopp. The most pertinent was regarding his position in the side (form permitting), Klopp informing the England midfielder he was going to turn him into a number six.
Henderson approached this as he has every Anfield challenge – embracing it and dedicating his time to make himself better. He spent hours being drilled – repeatedly - in his new position in the United States. If there were any doubts as to whether he was capable of readjustment - and after an early season defeat to Burnley plenty queried the manager’s judgement – they have been extinguished. Henderson is currently displaying a level of maturity in his game many did not anticipate. He has never looked so good in a red shirt.


[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Henderson has approached captaincy as he has every Anfield challenge – embracing it and dedicating his time to make himself better CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Such transformations are the story of the 26-year-old’s Liverpool career. He was a 21-year-old ‘boy’ when he signed from Sunderland, one of the less flattering rumours suggesting the North East club were aghast when they received an £18 million offer in 2011.
For those on The Kop still pining for the playmaking of Xabi Alonso or scurrying of Javier Mascherano, it was difficult to know what to make of this enthusiastic youngster who certainly covered the pitch but did not score, create or tackle enough.
Rodgers tried to sell Henderson to Fulham in 2012 as part of a swap deal to bring Clint Dempsey to Anfield. The midfielder politely declined and said nothing publicly. Instead he set about making sure Rodgers would eventually rewrite that bit of transfer history to disguise what, retrospectively, seems a gross misjudgment. The truth is, a trawl through archives confirms most supporters were more irate Dempsey was not signed than the prospect of Henderson being offloaded.


[size=31]Henderson is currently displaying a level of maturity in his game many did not anticipate. He has never looked so good in a red shirt.[/size]

Within two years Henderson had become such a valued member of Rodgers’ title-chasing team it was his sending off in the last second of a victory against Manchester City that turned the Premier League race as much the defeat to Chelsea that immediately followed. Henderson was suspended for the game remembered for Gerrard’s slip, Liverpool’s midfield unbalanced.
More importantly, Rodgers’ initial impressions of Henderson’s capabilities – four years ago he was waiting for Europa League group games to get onto the pitch – had been reversed. Whether it is Kenny Dalglish, Rodgers, Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce or Gareth Southgate, Henderson has the capacity to earn the trust and admiration of all those who coach him.
Speak to anyone who has worked with Henderson or knows him personally and you will hear the same observations.
“A great guy. One of the hardest workers you’ll ever see. Conscientious, dedicated and ambitious without the slightest hint of arrogance…. he just needs to believe in himself more.”
These are qualities we crave in our Premier League footballers, but rarely credit at the risk of making ourselves candidates for Private Eye’s ‘order of the brown nose’.
It will be more important to Henderson to be perceived as a great footballer and a good leader than a nice guy. This season he is showing is possible to be all three. He has never displayed more belief in his ability than now. He has become Liverpool’s captain in more than name.
He will not be England’s next shouty Terry Butcher or press conference ambushing John Terry. He’ll take the road signposted ‘lead by example’ and his post-Gerrard experience will serve him well as he leans on Rooney with one eye on taking the captaincy beyond 2018.
After the murkiness of English football over the last few weeks, Henderson and Southgate sit comfortably  representing a new era of decency the nation needs.
Inevitably, there will be those who need convincing. If so, remember this: should Henderson ever get around to writing his autobiography, the theme ‘proving people wrong’ will dominate every chapter.


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