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Pickford: England competition drives me on

Jordan Pickford has said he welcomes and "enjoys" the challenge of being pushed for England's No 1 spot by the likes of Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Ramsdale has established himself as No 1 at the Emirates ahead of Bernd Leno but Pickford has retained the role of England's first-choice goalkeeper, a position he has held almost constantly since he made his debut for the Three Lions in 2017.

Pickford's international form has at times contrasted with his performances for club side Everton, but England boss Gareth Southgate has kept faith in the 28-year-old regardless. Indeed, barring a surprise turn over the coming months, he looks likely to retain his position when England kick-off their World Cup campaign in Qatar in November.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's UEFA Nations League opener with Hungary, Pickford said: "There's always going to be debate and someone challenging you for your position. It's about performing for club and country, but you always want to be getting pushed. I enjoy those challenges, it strives me on to be number one for England for longer.

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