“I feel a lot calmer”: Jordan Pickford reveals he worked with a sports psychologist and is no longer the hyperactive goalkeeper we all know as England’s No. 1 prepares for Euro 2020
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has admitted that he is a much “calmer” person and goalkeeper these days thanks to sessions with a sports psychologist.
The Everton Shot Stopper was once known as a roaring, hyperactive player but says he’s now changed for the better.
He ended his club season in good shape and is aiming for a major European Championship tournament to build on his 2018 World Cup hero.
England’s No. 1 Jordan Pickford is preparing for this summer’s European Championship
Pickford jumps to clear the ball during England’s friendly win against Austria on Wednesday
“I just feel in a very good place,” the 27-year-old told The Telegraph. “I started working with a psychologist at the beginning of the season.
“You know, in football, those little one or two percent gains just to improve your skills on the pitch and what you can achieve are crucial. Whether nutrition, psychology, additional fitness sessions. I think it helps. So why not use it? ‘
Working with the psychologist has helped Pickford rethink his approach to the game as he prepares for the Euro 2020 game after a hectic and demanding season.
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He added, “I have to think about how lucky I am; all the work my family put into it – since I was six or seven years old and my parents brought me to football all the time.
“The amount they invested in me. It’s about how I can maintain this level of performance and look back on where I came from.
“It’s crucial and I feel like I’ve continued this year. I feel calmer, I feel right now and I feel great. ‘
The 27-year-old feels like a much calmer character after working with a sports psychologist
The 27-year-old Pickford conceded 10 goals and conceded 39 goals in 31 Premier League games for Everton last season as the club’s hopes of 10th were conceded.
But Pickford will go into the European Championship as England’s first choice goalkeeper. Gareth Southgate’s side only have Sunday’s friendly against Romania to refine before their opener against Croatia on June 13 at Wembley.