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27 Jun
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Pickford’s Class

Kidderminster Harriers midfielder Dan Bradley has told the Non-League Paper that his dad predicted Jordan Pickford’s England future as a teenager.

Pickford spent time on loan at Darlington, Alfreton, Burton, Carlisle, Bradford and Preston North End during a busy four-year period, but it was at Alfreton where the goalkeeper caught Bradley’s eye.

“For a young kid, he had a real presence,” he said.

“We were struggling a little bit at the time and he transformed our season.

“I remember my old man said, ‘I’d love to have a bet on him playing for England’. His kicking was ridiculous, honestly. He would get the ball and hit this half-volley that would put us on the attack straightaway. He was absolutely brilliant.”

Former Darlington boss Craig Liddle also remembers Jordan fondly.

“He made his debut in front of about 7,000 people against Fleetwood,” he said.

“Jamie Vardy was meant to be in the Fleetwood team, but I think he pulled out injured. We lost 1-0, but about ten minutes into the game, I remember Jordan piling through a crowd of players to catch a corner. I thought, ‘You’ll do for me’.

“He made mistakes, but you’ve got to expect that from a young keeper. The most impressive thing was the way in which he didn’t let the odd mistake bother him. He had confidence in his own ability, and that was impressive in someone so young.”

Jordan Pickford of England poses for a picture during media access on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg
What a stopper! (Image: Alex Morton/Getty Images)

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