Jordan Pickford given England number one jersey for Russia
Everton goalkeeper looks set to be Gareth Southgate’s first choice for World Cup
Jordan Pickford has been handed the England number one jersey for the World Cup. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty
The confirmation of England’s 23-man squad was listed on the Fifa website and contained no last-minute changes to the names originally selected by manager Gareth Southgate last month.
Everton goalkeeper Pickford seemed to be in pole position as he was handed the gloves for Saturday’s warm-up match at home to Nigeria.
The 24-year-old has just three senior caps but has been backed by Southgate and now looks set to start for the Three Lions in Russia.
Elsewhere, captain Harry Kane will sport the number 9 while Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli will wear 20 — in keeping with their Spurs squad numbers.
Uncapped Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who could make his debut in Thursday’s friendly against Costa Rica, has been given the number 22 shirt.
Although no longer a simple case of picking numbers 1-11 in a starting line-up, the fact Harry Maguire and Jesse Lingard have been given numbers six and seven respectively leads to a suggestion both look set to feature prominently in Russia.
The game against Costa Rica at Elland Road will be the last match before the squad fly out to Russia, providing Southgate with an opportunity to make any final tactical tweaks and take a look at some other players who did not feature in the 2-1 win over Nigeria.