Everton’s Mason Holgate has backed his team-mate Jordan Pickford to become the future England national team first choice goalkeeper.
Following a series of impressive performances for Sunderland last season, Pickford earned himself a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the year award which was won by Dele Alli.
Following the relegation of the Black Cats, last season he moved to the Toffees during the summer for a fee of £25 million plus add on’s.
The Merseyside club have not managed to find a reliable first choice goalkeeper since Tim Howard left the club and Pickford has been backed to fill that void.
The 23 year old has also been tipped to succeed with the England national team. Though he has earned call-ups to Three Lions squads, he has yet to make his debut.
Nonetheless, Holgate has no doubts that his team-mate will one day be the Three Lions first choice and said, “I said when he arrived what I thought of him as a keeper – he’s unbelievable.
“We’re good friends now on and off the field, we spend a lot of time together away from the training ground playing golf and whatever and it’s good to have another friend here.
“I think he’s one of the best around in his position. I believe, in time, he’ll become England’s number one.”