England number one Jordan Pickford revealed he likes the competition in the squad including the likes of Aaron Ramsdale as they prepare for the World Cup. Ramsdale established himself as the first choice ahead of Bernd Leno for Arsenal the last season. Pickford has remained the first choice for country ever since making his debut in 2017. He looks likely to retain his place barring any injury.

“There’s always going to be debate and someone challenging you for your position. It’s about performing for club and country, but you always want to be getting pushed. I enjoy those challenges, it strives me on to be number one for England for longer,” England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford said. “You want other people playing well and pushing, when we train together we’re pushing each other to get better and when you’ve got three lads training at their best, it’s working well.”

“Aaron is a great lad, we get on really well and it’s the same with Popey too, so we’ve got a good group together,” he added. “I think since I’ve been in the system with England, there’s always been good competition. I was here with Joe Hart and Jack Butland in my first camp, there’s always good competition and there always will be, but Ramsdale and Pope have both had very good seasons and it’s good competition for me. “[Ramsdale’s] had a really good season, his first season at Arsenal, he’s been unbelievable. But for me, it’s about concentrating on myself, I know I’ve got to be at my best every day because you know you’re going to have that competition every day with England and Everton too. You’ve got to keep pushing yourself and setting yourself targets to get better and better.”

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