Pickford has previously played for Sunderland’s academy, reserve, and senior teams in addition toÂ loanÂ spells atÂ Darlington,Â Alfreton Town,Â Burton Albion,Â Carlisle United,Â Bradford CityÂ andÂ Preston North End. He signed for Everton for a fee of Â£25Â million in June 2017.
Pickford has represented England atÂ under-16,Â under-17,Â under-18,Â under-19,Â under-20Â andÂ under-21Â levels. He received his first call-up from the fullÂ EnglandÂ national team for the 2018 World Cup qualifier againstÂ SloveniaÂ in October 2016, making his debut in November 2017 in a friendly againstÂ Germany. He was the starting goalkeeper in England’s 2018 World Cup fourth-place finish, leading the squad to its first semi-final appearance since 1990 with a penalty shootout victory in the second round and a clean sheet in the quarter-final.
Early and personal life
He and his fiancÃ©e Megan Davison have a son born in 2019.
Pickford joinedÂ Sunderland’s AcademyÂ at the age of eight and progressed through the age groups before signing two-year scholarship terms in 2010.Â The following year, he was promoted from the Academy to the reserve team.
Loans to Darlington and Alfreton Town
Pickford signed onÂ loanÂ forÂ Conference PremierÂ clubÂ DarlingtonÂ in time to make his debut againstÂ Fleetwood TownÂ on 21 January 2012, playing the whole of a 1â€“0 home loss.Â The initial month-long loan was subsequently extended until the end of April.Â He went on to make seventeen appearances for Darlington,Â who were relegated.
On 25 February 2013, Pickford signed for Conference Premier clubÂ Alfreton Town, again on an initial month-long loanÂ and was a cover forÂ Phil Barnes, who was injured.Â He made his debut the next day in a 5â€“1 win overÂ Hyde United.Â His loan spell at the club was subsequently extended until the end of the season.Â During this spell, Pickford kept fiveÂ clean sheetsÂ in twelve matches.
Loans to Burton Albion and Carlisle United
On 2 August 2013, Pickford signed another loan deal, this time withÂ League TwoÂ club Burton Albion,Â and made his debut the next day againstÂ Cheltenham Town.Â However, his loan ended on 17 August, after Sunderland recalled him with Pickford featuring just three times for Burton.Â On 13 September, Pickford re-joined Burton on loan.Â His handful of first-team appearances at Burton Albion led to an extension of his loan spell for another month.Â After making 12 appearances across his two loan spells, Pickford was recalled by his parent club once again.Â He subsequently spent 11 matches as an unused substitute on the bench as a cover forÂ Vito MannoneÂ between 23 November 2013 and 18 January 2014.
Although it was rumoured that he could return on loan to Burton for the third time,Â Pickford joined League One clubÂ Carlisle UnitedÂ on a one-month loan on 8 February 2014.Â He made his debut that same day in a 2â€“1 loss away toÂ Gillingham.Â His form and handful of first-team appearances led the club to keep him on loan for the rest of the season.Â After extending his loan at the club, Pickford went on to make 18 appearances for Carlisle.
At the end of the 2013â€“14 season, Pickford signed a four-year contract with Sunderland, keeping him at the club until 2018.
Loan to Bradford City
On 21 July 2014, Pickford joinedÂ League OneÂ club Bradford City on a season-long loan for the 2014â€“15 season.Â He made his debut on 9 August in a 3â€“2 win againstÂ Coventry CityÂ atÂ Valley Parade,Â and kept his first clean sheet in the following match, a 0â€“0 draw away toÂ Walsall.Â Pickford then received his first ever red card after he was sent off in the 11th minute of a 2â€“1 loss toÂ RochdaleÂ on 10 January 2015.Â He served a one-match suspension which his club did not appeal.
On 7 February, he was once again expelled from play as he was sent off in the last minute of a 2â€“2 away draw againstÂ Port Vale.Â After being given a two-match ban, the club successfully appealed and had it revoked.
Pickford established himself as a first-choice goalkeeper for most of the season until he was recalled by his parent club on 9 March 2015.
Loan to Preston North End
On 31 July 2015, Pickford joinedÂ ChampionshipÂ clubÂ Preston North EndÂ on a season-long loan for theÂ 2015â€“16 season.Â He kept a clean sheet on his debut in a 0â€“0 draw againstÂ MiddlesbroughÂ atÂ Deepdale.
Further clean sheets in a 1â€“0 win againstÂ Milton Keynes DonsÂ in his second league appearance and a 0â€“0 draw withÂ Rotherham UnitedÂ on 18 August made it three clean sheets from his first three league appearances for the club.Â On 25 August, Pickford kept another clean sheet as Preston defeatedÂ Premier LeagueÂ teamÂ WatfordÂ 1â€“0 in theÂ League Cup.Â On 7 November, he recorded a 6th consecutive clean sheet in a 0â€“0 draw against QPR, equalling the club record.Â During his stint at Preston, Pickford impressed his veteran goalkeeping teammateÂ Chris Kirkland, who said “Jordan comes out to take crosses and has an authority for someone still very young… As for his kicking, that is brilliant! I have never seen anyone kick a ball like he does.”Â On 20 December 2015, Pickford was controversially sent off in a 1â€“0 defeat againstÂ Leeds United: he rushed out of his box to challenge strikerÂ Chris Wood, and was judged to have handled the ball.Â Preston successfully appealed the decision, using replay footage that showed the ball hitting his chest.
Return to Sunderland
On 1 January 2016, Pickford was recalled by Sunderland, with the side struggling in 19th place in theÂ Premier League.Â He made his first-team debut on 9 January 2016, in a 3â€“1Â FA CupÂ loss toÂ Arsenal.Â He made his Premier League debut againstÂ Tottenham HotspurÂ atÂ White Hart LaneÂ on 16 January 2016 losing 4â€“1, meaning he had played in the top five leagues of English football by the age of 21.Â On 26 January, Pickford signed a new contract committing his future to Sunderland until 2020.
Pickford began theÂ 2016â€“17Â season as understudy to Vito Mannone. However, after Mannone suffered a serious arm injury in training, Pickford started Sunderland’s third league match of the season, away toÂ Southampton. He produced several saves during the match, but in the 85th minute he made an error which allowedÂ Jay RodriguezÂ to equalise for the hosts in a 1â€“1 draw.Â On 13 April 2017, Pickford was named as one of six players shortlisted for theÂ PFA Young Player of the YearÂ award.
On 15 June 2017, Pickford signed for Premier League clubÂ EvertonÂ on a five-year contract. The initial fee of Â£25Â million, with the possibility of rising to Â£30Â million in add-ons, made himÂ the third most expensive goalkeeper in history, the most expensive British goalkeeper of all time and will make him Everton’s second most expensive signing, pending add-on payments,Â asÂ Gylfi SigurÃ°ssonÂ is currently the club’s most expensive signing with Â£40Â million plus add-on payments.Â Pickford made his league debut for Everton on 12 August 2017, when his club beatÂ Stoke CityÂ 1â€“0 at Goodison Park.Â At the conclusion of his first season, he was named Everton’s Player of the Season, along with numerous other club accolades.
On 2 December 2018, againstÂ local rivalsÂ Liverpool, Pickford made a last-minute mistake after he mishandled a volley fromÂ Virgil van Dijk, allowingÂ Divock OrigiÂ to score the winning goal for Liverpool from a close-range header in the 96th minute.
himself by saving Ritchie’s penalty with his legs, and Everton doubled their lead a minute later.Â In the second half, when an effort by RondÃ³n went wide of the post, Pickford was seen smiling at the Newcastle fans in the Gallowgate end. However, he conceded three times after that, including parrying a shot byÂ Miguel AlmirÃ³nÂ into the path ofÂ Ayoze PÃ©rez. OnÂ Match of the Day,Â Ian WrightÂ suggested that Pickford should have focused on his game more, and given he was a former Sunderland player, not let his emotions affect him.Â In
April 2019 Pickford was allegedly filmed involved in a fracas; police said they would investigate.
Pickford has represented the England international team at every level from under-16s to under-21s.Â In October 2009, he made hisÂ England U16Â debut againstÂ Wales U16.Â In 2011, Pickford represented England at theÂ 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. In a game versus Canada, Pickford allowed an 86th-minute goal, from a downfield kick by Canadian goalkeeperÂ Quillan RobertsÂ which tied the game in a 2â€“2 draw,Â which remains as the only goal scored by a goalkeeper in a FIFA finals to date from open play.
On 25 August 2015, he was called up to theÂ England under-21Â squad for the first time.Â Pickford made his debut for the under-21s in aÂ friendlyÂ against theÂ United States under-23sÂ at Deepdale on 3 September 2015.
On 14 October, Pickford assistedÂ Nathan Redmond‘s goal in the England U21s’ 3â€“0 victory overÂ KazakhstanÂ at theÂ Ricoh ArenaÂ with a long range pass from his own penalty area.Â His team won theÂ 2016 Toulon Tournament, their first in 22 years.
On 24 August 2017, Pickford was called up to the England squad by managerÂ Gareth SouthgateÂ for two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers againstÂ MaltaÂ andÂ Slovakia.Â However, he later withdrew from the squad due to injury.Â Pickford made his debut in a friendly on 10 November 2017, starting as England drew 0â€“0 withÂ GermanyÂ atÂ Wembley Stadium.
Pickford was named in the 23-manÂ England national teamÂ squad for theÂ 2018 FIFA World Cup.Â He started the opening match againstÂ Tunisia, which England won 2â€“1.Â In their round of 16 match on 3 July, Pickford helped England beatÂ ColombiaÂ 4â€“3 onÂ penaltiesÂ after a 1â€“1 draw, saving fromÂ Carlos Bacca, to claim his nation’s first World Cup penalty shoot-
out victory and a place in the quarter-final.
On 7 July 2018, Pickford kept his first clean sheet of the World Cup and was named man of the match, as England knocked outÂ SwedenÂ with a 2â€“0 win in the quarter-finals. The result earned England a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time sinceÂ 1990.
In June 2019, Pickford scored and then saved the decisive penalty as England beatÂ SwitzerlandÂ to finish third at the inauguralÂ UEFA Nations League Finals. It was the second penalty shootout in a row that England had won, with Pickford saving penalties in both, and he became the first goalkeeper to take (and score) a penalty in a competitive shootout for England.
- As of match played 9 November 2019
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|DarlingtonÂ (loan)||2011â€“12||Conference Premier||17||0||â€”||â€”||â€”||17||0|
|Alfreton TownÂ (loan)||2012â€“13||Conference Premier||12||0||â€”||â€”||â€”||12||0|
|Burton AlbionÂ (loan)||2013â€“14||League Two||12||0||â€”||1||0||â€”||13||0|
|Carlisle UnitedÂ (loan)||2013â€“14||League One||18||0||â€”||â€”||â€”||18||0|
|Bradford CityÂ (loan)||2014â€“15||League One||33||0||â€”||â€”||1[a]||0||34||0|
|Preston North EndÂ (loan)||2015â€“16||Championship||24||0||â€”||3||0||â€”||27||0|
- As of match played 14 November 2019
- EvertonÂ Player of the Season:Â 2017â€“18
- Everton Players’ Player of the Season: 2017â€“18
- Everton Young Player of the Season: 2017â€“18
- England Under-21 Player of the Year: 2017
- UEFA Nations League FinalsÂ Team of the Tournament:Â 2019