Jordan Pickford thought "he was a midfielder" during England win

Jordan Pickford has admitted he thought he was a midfielder while attempting his horror Cruyff turn during England’s victory over Spain.

Three Lions keeper Pickford attempted to pull off a ridiculous piece of skill while under pressure from Spain striker Rodrigo.

The Everton shot stopper messed up and needed to make a stunning slide to deny Rodrigo an open goal – although the hosts pleaded with the referee to give a penalty for a drag back.

But Pickford got away with his gaffe and then joked about the incident on the BBC.

Pickford said: "I thought I was a midfielder at one stage but the ball got it stuck under my feet, Spain press high and he was right on me.


"I thought the only option was to try and clear it or do a Cruyff turn and it just got stuck.

"Some might say it was a penalty but the referee didn’t and I didn’t give up. I cleared it and made a good challenge.

"It was a great result, character wise, this has been coming for a while, this is the start of the next hurdle for us."

Gareth Southgate’s side ran into a three goal lead in the first 38 minutes as Raheem Sterling broke his three year duck in front of goal for the national side with a brace.

Southgate was again delighted with Pickford’s ability to pick a pass from the back – but was less enamoured with his attempted to beat Rodrigo.

"He doesn’t have the ability to execute a Cruyff turn in his own six-yard box but that’s something for him and Everton to work on!"

Marcus Rashford also got on the score sheet, with Spain conceding a treble for the first time at home in a competitive match.

Paco Alcacer and Sergio Ramos both netted consolations for the hosts in Seville in the UEFA Nations League .

Pickford took plaudits for his quick and accurate distribution, which lead to a number of good chances for the Three Lions.

"They weren’t direct assists, they were the start of the move," Pickford added. "I really enjoy that part of the game and that’s the style the manager likes to play but we can also go long with the pace we have up there.

"It was a great game, a game of two halves you might say. [We showed] our character and belief. We have shown the way we can play in the last few games without getting as many goals but tonight showed our character as a squad."

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