Everton and England goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, gave pupils from North Liverpool Academy a fantastic surprise, as he made his way through the school gates to support the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round roadshow.
Ahead of the Everton and Liverpool Merseyside Derby Super Sunday Premier League fixture, the Blues shot-stopper supported the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup Boys Under 14 clash between North Liverpool Academy and their local rivals Kirby High School. Prior to kick-off, Pickford spent time meeting both teams, then watched some of the action from the sidelines. The schools’ fixture was played to an incredible high standard, with Kirby going on to win the tie 4-2.
Pickford was also on-hand to support a pupil Q&A session staged in the school’s theatre. The Everton keeper explained that Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is the most difficult striker he has faced. With the pupils sitting on the edge of their seats, Pickford talked through his World Cup heroics, which included a fascinating insight when he famously helped England beat Colombia in the penalty shootout.
Self-proclaimed PlayStation fan, Pickford, was all smiles during his selfie session with a crowd of pupils who were watching the FIFA 19 contest between one of their classmates and the Everton hero. Pickford rounded off a busy afternoon by starring in a video filmed by the popular youth website Joe. Marking an interesting role reversal, Joe presenter Richie Driss wore the gloves as he faced penalties taken by the England star. Pickford proved he is just as talented at scoring goals as he is making great saves!
You can follow all the behind-the-scenes action across the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook channels.
We would like to say a big thank you to Jordan Pickford for being such a fantastic ambassador and extend our appreciation to North Liverpool Academy for hosting the fourth PlayStation Schools’ Cup roadshow of the season.