Alan Shearer criticises Jordan Pickford's behaviour during Newcastle 3-2 Everton

Jordan Pickford

Everton's Jordan Pickford appears to be suffering from one of the longest World Cup hangovers ever seen.

The former Sunderland man was instrumental for the Three Lions out in Russia, memorably saving Carlos Bacca's penalty in the Spartak Stadium.

However, readapting to Premier League life with the Toffees in 2018/19 has been tough for the 25-year-old.

There have been glimpses of his quality, but not the consistency and dominance that earned him England's number one jersey.

In the 3-2 loss away at Newcastle on Saturday, Pickford did not enjoy the best afternoon, flapping haplessly at Miguel Almiron's shot for Ayoze Perez to tap in for the equaliser.

He may have saved Matt Ritchie's penalty - which he actually gave away - but he flattered to deceive and kept on rising to the hostile reception handed to him by Newcastle fans.

As a former Sunderland player, he was always going to be targeted and Toon Army legend Alan Shearer has been heavily critical of Pickford.

Writing in his column for The Sun, Shearer is concerned about the development of a player who he correctly says is "not a kid anymore".

"Pickford should know as an ex-Sunderland player he will get stick from Newcastle fans," Shearer wrote.

Pickford protests

"But then he wants to get involved with gestures and smiles. It’s a ridiculous and bizarre way of behaving when he should be focusing on keeping the ball out.

"I’m worried for him England wise now. He was outstanding at the World Cup in Russia and should be making the shirt his.

"But even basic saves he tries to make look spectacular. Everything seems to be an issue. He is not a kid any more. There comes a time when you’ve got to do the simple things right.

"Gareth Southgate announces the England squad on Wednesday and Pickford is having a poor season.

Pickford with England

"Tom Heaton also had a poor game for Burnley at Liverpool with a couple of errors, but it could be him that takes Pickford’s place.

"Goalkeeper is the position we’ve not really got many options in. Pickford should still be in the driving seat, but he’s not doing himself any favours."

Marco Silva desperately needs his goalkeeper to ditch the antics and get back doing what he does best - preventing the Toffees from leaking goals.

The best goalkeepers are normally those who steer clear of the spotlight for the most part.

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