Pickford breaks England goalkeeper record stretching back to 1966

by | Jul 8, 2021 | Sports | 0 comments

Jordan Pickford – Photo Credit: Flickr

Jordan Pickford became the England goalkeeper with the longest period without conceding a goal on Wednesday, narrowly breaking a record stretching back to the Three Lions’ triumphant 1966 World Cup campaign.

The goalkeeper surpassed Gordon Banks’s milestone of 720 minutes during England’s Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark, as they reached their first major tournament final since 1966 with a 2-1 win after extra time.

Six minutes later, Mikkel Damsgaard’s ferocious free kick flew past Pickford to end his run, but England turned the game around to set up a final against Italy. It was the first goal England had conceded at the Euros. 

Damsgaard’s superb strike was also the first goal England have conceded in all competitions since March, a run of 691 minutes.

Pickford is already guaranteed to pick up the Euro 2020 “Golden Glove” award, as he has five clean sheets to his name. That record cannot be matched or beaten by any other goalkeeper. Meanwhile, his closest rival, Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy, has three clean sheets.