Jordan Pickford has admitted to being a massive admirer of Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic.
Speaking ahead of the pair’s World Cup meeting on Friday, Pickford sung the praises of the USA forward.
Pulisic and the Everton goalkeeper could become well acquainted again in a few days’ time when England face of against their pals from across the pond in the World Cup.
Chelsea boys shine for England
Gareth Southgate’s side marched to the top of Group B after emphatically destroying Iran 6-2 earlier in the week.
Almost everyone of the Three Lions’ attackers got in on the action, with Chelsea’s own Raheem Sterling sparkling in Qatar.
Mason Mount also had a memorable, if not unsung afternoon, whilst Todd Boehly’s favoured pair Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice dominated the midfield.
Pickford had very little to do, which will make the fact he conceded twice even more frustrating.
A few hours later and several miles across the country, Pulisic began his own World Cup journey against Wales.
The 24-year-old fizzed around the park for the United States in the first-half and was instrumental in the opening goal.
His driving run and deft pass set-up Timothy Weah to send the Stars and Stripes in front.
Wales eventually equalised through Gareth Bale’s late penalty, with the nation’s iconic figure owing a lot to the likes of Ethan Ampadu for even having the chance to convert from the spot.
Pickford to take on Pulisic
Now the dust has settled from matchday one, the clouds are clearing for England and USA to battle for group supremacy.
Pickford will hope for another quite evening, but this cannot be guaranteed with Pulisic and his sprightly comrades in town.
“I think he is a top player and I’ve played against him for a few years at Chelsea. He is good with both feet and very clinical. But we’ve got to be wary of him,” said the Everton number one.
The Toffees’ £30m shot-stopper is aware of Pulisic’s talents as a rival, but he may soon be understanding him more as a teammate.
According to reports, Chelsea are considering making a move for Pickford after the World Cup.
Todd Boehly has apparently not been convinced by Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga, and is using the international tournament as a platform to assess other options.
Mendy’s woeful display for Senegal against Holland will not have helped his cause in the slightest.