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Nigel Martyn: 'Hard to pick between Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland'

Martyn: 'Hard to pick between Pickford, Butland'
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Former England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn thinks that Gareth Southgate faces a tough decision in choosing between Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland at the World Cup.

Former England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has claimed that Gareth Southgate faces a difficult decision in choosing between Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland as first choice at the World Cup.

Everton's Pickford, Stoke City's Butland and Burnley's Nick Pope all made Southgate's 23-man squad, with Pickford given the number one shirt as the squad list was submitted to FIFA.

Pickford won his third international cap in Saturday's 2-1 win over Nigeria, playing the full 90 minutes, and Martyn feels that the custodian selected to play in Thursday's friendly against Costa Rica is likely to start England's campaign in Russia.

"A really difficult decision isn't it? I think it's between [Pickford] and Jack Butland really who gets the nod," the former Crystal Palace and Leeds United goalkeeper told Sky Sports News.

"Jordan had a really great season with Everton and was probably the shining light for them.

"I think Jack Butland is a very capable goalkeeper as well. Those two are probably the frontrunners.

"Whoever gets to start in the next game might be the one that gets the nod for the first game during the World Cup."

Pope's Clarets teammate Tom Heaton has been placed on standby, while former England number one Joe Hart has missed out on a place in the squad altogether.

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England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in action during the international friendly with Nigeria at Wembley on June 2, 2018
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