England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says he has learnt from off-field mistakes
"It was just one of them, I don't think there is much more to say. You learn from everything, how to become a man and grow."
By Charlie Skinner
Last Updated: 10/06/19 11:55pm
Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says he has learned from his off-field mistakes, following his penalty shootout heroics for England.
Pickford secured a third-place finish for England in the inaugural UEFA Nations League with a stunning spot-kick and save to beat Switzerland on Sunday, as he continues to firmly establish himself as his country's number one.
However, the 25-year-old had a difficult season on the pitch for Everton and off the pitch, following a fracas outside a bar in April after watching former club Sunderland lose the Checkatrade Trophy final to Portsmouth but Pickford feels he has learned from this mistake.
Pickford said: "It was just one of them, I don't think there is much more to say. You learn from everything, how to become a man and grow.
"I've got a little baby now and life has changed so with the little baby and my missus it is a totally different lifestyle now and it is great.
"I think the main thing about it is that I am a normal lad - but then sometimes you have got to realise you are not a normal lad, you are an England footballer.
"I just want to be a normal lad but you have got to realise certain situations but you learn from it like you learn from everything.
"So you move on from that and after that incident, I pushed on at the end of the season, a lot of clean sheets. It just shows my character."
Pickford's ferocious penalty kick was the first he has taken in a competitive match and despite telling Sky Sports he was nervous before the shot, he has never doubted himself between the sticks.
He added: "I think you always learn and always mature in every game - whether it is club or international level.
"For me, I've always been decent. I made my debut against Germany, a 23-year-old playing in goal for England. What a moment and I kept a clean sheet.
"I think I started on the front foot and there has been a lot of pressure but I don't feel pressure, I just want to go and express myself and do the best for the nation and for the team.
"If that is keeping clean sheets and keeping them well. I don't feel any pressure and just feel I can get better and better."