The international break is upon us, and with it the return of international friendlies and the much maligned UEFA Nations League.
England face the USA in a friendly at Wembley before entertaining World Cup runners up Croatia in a Nations League game at the same venue.
There is added interest in the USA friendly however, with the return of England legend Wayne Rooney to the fold.
The game is being touted as a farewell for the country’s all time leading goalscorer who enjoyed a fruitful first season in America’s top division, the MLS.
However, while efforts are being made to add as much interest to these international breaks as possible, the simple fact is that the large majority of the football loving public do not enjoy them.
While the Nations League has tossed up some intriguing encounters, you can’t help but notice the massive sense of relief and joy when club football returns.
For the players however, representing your nation is always a massive honour - whether it is at a World Cup or in simple a friendly with nothing riding on it.
Pulling on the national shirt is something that should never been taken lightly and that is especially true now for England players after their remarkable run to the World Cup last four.
Having blown everyone’s expectations out of the water in Russia, Gareth Southgate’s team will move into the coming years with a higher level of expectation on their shoulders than ever before.
One of the biggest positives to come out of England’s party in Russia, was goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
After years of chopping and changing the man between the sticks, it looks like the Three Lions have finally found someone they can trust for the foreseeable future.
During England’s latest training session though, Pickford proved that he’s more than just a set of safe hands.
In a video tweeted by the official England feed, Pickford showed just how capable he is with his feet too.
Got to love that cheeky smile after he flew in, too.
While players bending it from the corner flag is not all too rare these days, the amount of curve Pickford put on that ball is.
Just watch it again and see how far outside the post he starts it.
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