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Jordan Pickford produces incredible pass during Watford vs Everton

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As the 2018 World Cup draws nearer, three England goalkeepers will be looking to impress Gareth Southgate to earn a seat on the plane to Russia.

Everton's Jordan Pickford, Stoke City's Jack Butland and West Ham's Joe Hart are Southgate's three main options, though the former two arguably have the edge.

Hart hasn't made an appearance for the Hammers since the end of January and is now second-choice goalkeeper behind Adrian.

So it's probably going to be a straight shoot-out between Pickford and Butland for England's No.1 jersey and they both have their strengths.

Picking between them will be tough for Southgate and even Butland recognises that he faces huge competition. He said last summer: "It's brilliant to see them doing well.

"I've experienced tournament wins with younger age groups and I know how good it feels - it's about carrying on. Hopefully, they can do that. Bring on the competition, it's good for me."

Butland is an excellent shot-stopper and his handling is very impressive, but there's one area that Pickford is far superior in: distribution.

Pickford has a wand of a left foot and often leaves football fans stunned with the accuracy of his kicks, both from his hands and from the floor.

Watford v Everton - Premier League

And 23-year-old was at it again against Watford on Saturday by producing the pass of the game to his Everton teammate, Oumar Niasse.

In the video below, Pickford rushes out of goal to collect a loose ball before clipping a beautiful pass over the top of Watford's defence to Niasse, who then lost possession. Check it out.


Unreal. Pickford genuinely wouldn't look out of place in midfield with his range of passing, which is what amazed football fans were saying on Twitter.


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