Sheringham picks out one England star who ‘deserved’ Euro glory
Teddy Sheringham thinks Jordan Pickford “deserved to be on the winning side” as England lost to Italy on penalties in the Euro 2020 final.
The Everton goalkeeper pulled off a couple of excellent saves during the match and stopped Andrea Belotti and Jorginho from scoring in the penalty shoot-out.
Despite spells of poor form for the Toffees over the last couple of seasons, Pickford has always put his best foot forward for England.
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And Sheringham thinks Pickford deserved to be on the winning team last night as Italy lifted the European Championship trophy.
“I was watching it with my family (when Jorginho walked up to take his penalty) and I said ‘oh no, he’s so cool’,” Sheringham told talkSPORT.
“But (Pickford) outwitted him. It was perfect. What a fantastic save. He deserved to be on the winning side last night. He was unbelievable.
“The positivity from a goalkeeper is massive. If he looks upbeat and says ‘no one’s getting past me’ then you’ve got a chance. He was so positive, even going into that final penalty against Jorginho.
“He felt he was going to save it and he did. Not quite enough though.”
Gareth Southgate was also very effusive in his praise for Pickford after his brilliant display against the Italians.
“Jordan had a brilliant tournament,” the England boss told reporters. “There are a lot of players who come into that category and you don’t get into a final without so many players playing well and that’s what happened for us.
“The number of times I’ve been sat here and Jordan has had his place in the team questioned. He’s constantly delivered for us and this tournament, I think, was his best run of performances for England.
“He should be hugely proud of that. To concede two goals in seven matches is our whole defence and whole team but, of course our goalkeeper was a huge part of that.
“Two saves in the shootout. He could do little more in terms of keeping the ball out of our net and that is always the starting point for any goalkeeper.
“He had a really outstanding tournament.”
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