Pickford has high hopes for England
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is confident England can beat Croatia in Sunday’s crucial UEFA Nations League clash at Wembley.
Everything remains up for grabs heading into the fixture, as an England win would see them top the group, while a defeat or a score draw would mean they finish bottom and suffer relegation from League A.
Croatia can also still finish top or bottom of Group Four, which also contains Spain, but Pickford is confident the Three Lions can get the victory they need to see them progress through to the semi-finals of the competition next summer.
‘It will be a great game for us, a sell out at Wembley and the game’s got something on it,’ Pickford told Sky Sports.
‘We know we are capable of beating the top teams and we have proven that by beating Spain.
‘We are holding our own against these top teams and we need to kick on.’
England drew 0-0 with Croatia when the two teams met in Rijeka earlier in the competition, while this summer’s World Cup semi-final defeat to the same opposition will still be fresh on everyone’s mind.
Pickford is not looking towards the past, however, as his focus is on helping England extend their run in the inaugural Nations League.
He added: ‘As a group, we all want to win every game we play and if we win every game we play, that will take us to the Nations League semi-finals and final.’
England did win their last meeting with Croatia at Wembley, as they claimed a 5-1 victory during a World Cup qualifier back in 2009 and punters may use their free bet to back the Three Lions to secure another triumph on Sunday.