The global reputation of English goalkeepers has taken a battering in recent years. but Pickford is reshaping opinions with his standout performances in England's surprising run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russian Federation.
Soham-born former Ipswich and Bury Town goalkeeper Pope, in Russian Federation as Gareth Southgate's third-choice goalkeeper, has played a vital role in England's preparation for penalty shoot-outs in training, with Dier insisting the 26-year-old deserves plenty of credit for his winning effort in Moscow.
"Yesterday was a massive milestone for us as a group because we hadn't won a knockout game for so long", he told the FA's YouTube channel.
While the man himself was admirably reserved in his own reflections, manager Gareth Southgate had no reason to dial down his praise.
Besides his blocks, saves and reflexes, which are Pickford's day job really, the former Sunderland custodian also showed another dimension to his play. He's played a few wonderful passes, controls the game'.
English netminders in the past were not known for their skills with the ball but Pickford has been a breath of fresh air, adding quality to England's play with his short passes forward.
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The Everton man is the same height as England's only other World Cup winning goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, which stands him in good stead to follow in those victorious footsteps.
This thing about Jordan, I want to say and clarify, because I heard a lot of stuff, I never mocked his height, I want to make that clear because I would never mock a height of a goalkeeper.
Pickford had earlier made a stunning save from Mateus Uribe in normal time, but the game finished 1-1 when Yerry Mina cancelled out Harry Kane's 57th minute penalty with a header deep into stoppage time.
Pickford, 24, came through the ranks at Sunderland before earning himself a move to Everton previous year.
"I never put myself under any pressure". The pitch is always the same.
"Some of the criticism he got for the goal (against Belgium) when he went with the top hand was a little bit unjust, I just thought it was questionable but that was about it".