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Jordan Pickford has used a psychologist to improve his game

Jordan Pickford has used a psychologist to improve his game

Jordan Pickford has been working with a psychologist to improve his game.

The Everton goalkeeper is expected to play between the sticks for England at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar and puts his current good form down to the work he has been doing psychologically.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, Pickford said: "I always want to be the best Jordan Pickford I can be. I put in a lot of hard work in on and off the field to become the best.

"I work with a psychologist, I get myself in the best physical condition I can be, then the goalkeeping takes care of itself.

"I feel over the past two years, I've been in the best mindset and I've definitely knuckled down more, improved and had more consistency.

"I feel like I'm only getting better now at my age."

Pickford has been consistently selected by England manager Gareth Southgate and is grateful that the coach always has his back.

He recalled: "A few weeks ago, when I was injured, he rang me.

"I wanted to go and be part of the squad (for the Nations League games) but he just said, 'Get your head down, get ready for the World Cup and get back for Everton'.

"I think he knows what I'm capable of and I'll always remember when I was in the U17s, in the Euros semi-final, the gaffer being at the game in Serbia.

"He's always stood by me, but I also feel like I've always given my all. I always graft and give 100 per cent every time I'm away with the national team."

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