(Reuters) – Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has signed a new six-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
Pickford, who joined Everton from Sunderland last year, impressed in his debut campaign and also established himself as England’s first-choice keeper before this year’s World Cup.
The 24-year-old started all of England’s games in Russia as the team reached the semi-finals of the tournament and he credited Everton for kickstarting his international career.
“Getting the opportunity to become England’s number one was down to being at Everton, I believe, and being able to put in solid performances week in and week out,” Pickford told the club’s website http://www.evertonfc.com/news/2018/09/26/pickford.
“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… I want to play as many games as I can for the club, that’s my goal now.”
Pickford has started all six of Everton’s games in the league this season. Everton face promoted Fulham on Saturday.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)