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Peter Schmeichel claims David Seaman was England’s last genuine No 1 goalkeeper

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Peter Schmeichel believes England have not had a proper No 1 goalkeeper since David Seaman hung up his gloves way back in 2002.


Jordan Pickford has been Gareth Southgate’s first choice for the last three years but his position has come under increased scrutiny following a number of errors for Everton at the start of the season.

Burnley’s Nick Pope and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson are also in contention for the Three Lions but Schmeichel, who earned 129 caps for Denmark, insists that England have missed Seaman’s authority in between the sticks for the last 18 years.Joe Hart, Paul Robinson, David James and Rob Green have all held the gloves at various points since the Arsenal legend retired from international football with 75 caps to his name, but none have had the same impact according to Schmeichel.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper told The Times: ‘What you’re talking about here is three goalkeepers: one [Jordan Pickford] has played for England for three years and made mistakes in the Premier League — those are your words — one [Dean Henderson] is not playing at all, played last season for Sheffield United, you know; and the other [Nick Pope] plays for Burnley, who are rock-bottom of the Premier League.’

Asked which of the three he would choose, Schmeichel replied: ‘When was the last time England had a No 1?

‘Joe Hart is still playing. Why is he not the No 1? Hart is only 33 years old. He’s probably in his prime. The question, for me, would probably be answered with David Seaman. He’s probably the last No 1 you had.’

Pickford started Sunday’s 2-1 Nations League win over Belgium but he appears less safe in his position following a period of poor form for his club.

Schmeichel believes Everton’s No 1 goalkeeper, who could start Wednesday’s clash with Denmark, has let mistakes creep into his game because there has been a lack of confidence in him.

Explaining why the former Sunderland star is prone to errors, Schmeichel added: ‘He probably feels like he’s got to show the world all the time that he is the best, and by trying to show the world, that’s where all the big mistakes come from: you’re trying to come for a cross you’ve got no chance of reaching.’

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Guardiola challenges Aguero to earn new Man City deal

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Pep Guardiola says Sergio Aguero must earn a new contract at Manchester City even though he is the club ’ s all -time record goalscorer .
Aguero , who returned from a four -month spell out with injury in Saturday ’ s 1 -0 win over Arsenal , has entered the last 12 months of his existing deal .
The Argentine has scored 254 goals for City and been a major part of four Premier League title triumphs , including his famous last -gasp winner in 2012 .
However, Guardiola , who is also in the final season of his deal , believes the 32 -year – old needs to prove his fitness and form in the coming months .
“ The important thing is that Sergio comes back in good physical condition , starts to get his rhythm, doesn ’ t get more injuries and plays good ,” Guardiola said.
“ We know what he means for us, we know how we appreciate him , but now he has to show like every one of us, me first, that we deserve to continue here and playing good and winning games .”
Aguero played a key role in City ’s goal against Arsenal , driving forward to feed Phil Foden , with Raheem Sterling finishing after Bernd Leno could only parry the midfielder ’ s shot.
But he was also involved in a moment of controversy in the second half when he put his arm on the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey -Ellis .
The image provoked a wave of criticism of the striker, but Guardiola defended his player ’ s actions.
“ Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest person I ever met in my life , ” he added . “ Look for problems in other situations, not in this one .”

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Pickford could still be given a three-match ban for reckless tackle on Van Dijk .

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34538034 0 image a 1 1603034436472 Pickford could still be given a three-match ban for reckless tackle on Van Dijk .

The goalkeeper scythed down the Liverpool centre-back in the first-half of the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park but was not penalised for the challenge as Van Dijk was caught offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Van Dijk was forced off the pitch immediately with the injury and match referee Michael Oliver and VAR official David Coote opted not to look into the incident as a dangerous challenge.


But according to The Mirror, the Football Association could still award the England international goalkeeper a three-match ban if they go back to look at the decision.

Current regulations state that the FA can give out bans for decisions missed by the match referee, and that rule extends to the VAR official.

The FA will wait to hear from referee Oliver’s match report from the Merseyside derby before deciding whether the official had missed the incident in question.


Pickford stayed on the Goodison Park and made some crucial saves in the second-half to keep Everton in the game while they were 2-1 down.

The Toffees, managed by Carlo Ancelotti, managed to claw their way back to level the match late on, while Liverpool were frustrated even further by VAR as the Premier League champions were denied an injury time Jordan Henderson winner by a marginal offside call on Sadio Mane.

Van Dijk, meanwhile, could be ruled out for an extended period, though Liverpool slammed claims made by beIN Sports presenter Richard Keys that the Dutch centre-half has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.The defender has been pivotal to Liverpool’s rise under Jurgen Klopp and was ever-present as the Reds lifted their first Premier League title in 30 years last season.

Liverpool took the lead after three minutes in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off through Sadio Mane but Michael Keane’s header brought Everton level in the first-half.

Mohammed Salah put the Reds back in front after the interval but in-form striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed Everton level in the closing minutes of the match.

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Nyom to Ansu Fati: ’18 years old and you’re diving like that?

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Barcelona appealed for a penalty for a foul by Allan Nyom on Ansu Fati in the second half. The scoreboard read 1-0 to Getafe with Jaime Mata’ 56th minute penalty separating the two sides. Referee Soto Grado saw nothing untoward in the Getafe player’s challenge on the young Barça forward. Nyom tried to shield the ball inside the area but brushed his opponent’s face with his arm which prompted Ansu to go down.

Nyom reproaches Ansu Fati
The Getafe full-back, enraged and with his hands behind his back approached the culé who was complaining that he had been fouled inside the box. “18 years old and you’re diving like that? 18 years old!?” Nyom could be seen to say to Ansu in images captured by Movistar LaLiga.

For AS’ resident referee Iturralde González the incident is crystal clear: “Nyom puts his arm in Ansu’s face when he has absolutely no need to. It’s a penalty”. It was one of the most problematic decisions taken by Soto Grado at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez and caused a great reaction on social media with former Barcelona president Joan Laporta venting his fury along with fellow culés.

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