England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says his Euro 2020 heroics have been fuelled by the criticism he endured during a difficult season with Everton.

Pickford heard calls for Gareth Southgate to drop him from the England team after he made a series of costly errors in the domestic campaign.

The 27-year-old was axed by then Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti for a Premier League game at Newcastle in November.

But Southgate has kept faith with Pickford and has been rewarded with some superb displays during England’s run to a European Championship quarterfinal against Ukraine in Rome on Saturday.

Pickford is yet to concede a goal in four games and made two crucial saves in Tuesday’s historic 2-0 win over Germany in the last 16.

“You’re always up for criticism when you’re a professional footballer and England player,” Pickford said on Thursday.

“It’s about maturing each day and becoming the best you…

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