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Nick Veevers and Richard Edwards chart JORDAN PICKFORD’S rise from England’s lower leagues to Three Lions history maker

Jordan Pickford has waited years to get to the top – but this summer he turned himself into a national hero in an instant. Calling something a journey has become one of sport’s biggest clichés in recent years but plotting Pickford’s career stop-offs on a map and it becomes clear that his is one like very few others.

And it’s a measure of the impact he has had at every club on his route to the top that when his left hand defied Carlos Bacca in England’s nerveshredding penalty shoot-out against Colombia, celebrations were sparked from Darlington to Burton, and Alfreton to Carlisle.

Football backwaters to some, it was away from the bright lights of the Premier League that Pickford forged the kind of mentality that has turned him from a promising tyro with Sunderland into one of the world’s most respected goalkeepers. And missing out on a World Cup final is just another learning experience for a young keeper who gets better with each passing game.

“You always think about what might’ve been,” he says. “But I also think you learn from that and get better as a group. You can always take something from the negatives and as a group, we always want to get better after a defeat and we saw the reaction against Spain and Croatia.”

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The first edition of Keepers' Union, featuring our exclusive interview with England's no.1 Jordan Pickford. Plus: The World's Rising Stars Sasa Ilic - My Goalkeeping Heroes Greatest Saves Uncovered Lutz Pfannenstiel