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Byline: CHRIS BEESLEY

EVERTON'S Jordan Pickford has been backed to become England's number one by former Blues goalkeeper Nigel Martyn - who believes his current successor in between the sticks at Goodison Park "looks every inch the part."

Pickford became the first player to keep goal for England while at Everton since Gordon West in 1969 when he made his international debut at Wembley on November 10 last year, earning a clean sheet against world champions Germany in a goalless draw.

Martyn was capped 23 times by England but his final appearance against Cameroon came on May 26, 2002, the year before he signed for the Blues.

Of Pickford he said: "He has had a taste of England and I am impressed.

"You have Jack Butland who I rate very highly as well - and those are the two who I think, long-term, will push Joe Hart for his place.

"Joe has to up his game as well. Jordan will be amongst it and it is good to see some English goalkeepers we can get excited about again. He looks every inch the part."

Pickford was one of several big-money buys for Everton last summer and has been one of the team's leading performances in what has been a difficult season.

Martyn said: "Jordan doesn't get flustered too often.

"Young lads can be prone to tearing around and chasing people.

"He holds himself really well, his distribution is excellent and his shot stopping is good."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 13, 2018
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