July 30, 2021

England keeper Pickford wins Euro 2020 Golden Glove

Ahead of Euro 2020 final on 11 July between England and Italy, England keeper Jordan Pickford can rest assured he would walk away with the Golden Glove award.

Pickford has five clean sheets to his name in the tournament.

His closest rival, Italian keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has three clean sheets.

It is now impossible for Donnarumma to match Pickford’s record.

Pickford also became the England goalkeeper with the longest spell without conceding a goal on Wednesday.

He narrowly broke a record stretching back to the Three Lions’ triumphant 1966 World Cup campaign.

The goalkeeper surpassed Gordon Banks’s milestone of 720 minutes during England’s Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark, as they reached their first major tournament final since 1966 with a 2-1 win after extra time.

Six minutes later, Mikkel Damsgaard’s ferocious free kick flew past Pickford to end his run.

But England turned the game around to set up a final against Italy on Sunday.

It was the first goal England had conceded at the Euros, much like in 1966, when they kept clean sheets in every game until the semi-final stage.

Damsgaard’s superb strike was also the first goal England have conceded in all competitions since March, a run of 691 minutes.

Pickford’s landmark moment came in his most uncertain performance of the tournament, the Everton player looking nervy at times with poor distribution and decision making.

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