Jordan Pickford has signed a new six-year deal at Everton and says he wants to become a club legend in Merseyside.
The 24-year-old joined from relegated Sunderland in the summer of 2017 and played every minute in the Premier League as the Toffees finished eighth, earning him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.
He then nailed down a place as England’s first-choice shot-stopper ahead of Jack Butland and received plenty of plaudits as the Three Lions made their way to the semi-finals – something he feels he owes to his club.
“Getting the opportunity to become England’s No.1 was down to being at Everton, I believe, and being able to put in solid performances week in and week out,” he told Everton’s official website.
“When I made the move last year I thought Everton would be a great club to come to and the right step in my career.
“Coming to Everton, a massive club with a massive history and seeing how passionate and determined the fans are, it’s inspired me to perform week in and week out and it’s moved my career on, without question.”
And Pickford believes that committing his long-term future to Everton is the best way of achieving his career ambitions.
“I want to play as many games as I can for the club, that’s my goal now.
"Hopefully, I can continue to progress, become a better goalkeeper each and every day and keep that England No. 1 shirt as well. That’s another aim.
“This is a great club for me and, hopefully, we can get the success for the fans to earn the right to be a legend at Everton one day, each and every one of us.”
The goalkeeper also dismissed any talk of a post-tournament hangover, insisting that he is focused on achieving as much as possible at club level.
“I don’t feel any pressure from the World Cup. I just want to become the best goalkeeper I can be. My focus is on the team here and we want to be pushing right up the table as high as we can be.
“There is a lot of strong competition out there but in the next year or two, if we can get into a final of a cup and perhaps win a trophy, that would be a great step forward.
“I am still learning but I hope I am giving the team something, too.”