Jordan Pickford has won the Castrol Save of the Month award for September for a sublime save in Everton’s draw with Liverpool.
The England international was nominated for two different saves in the Merseyside derby, a finger-tip stop to deny Mohamed Salah and an acrobatic denial of Darwin Nunez, with the latter deservedly earning the Castrol Save of the Month award.
Pickford has been in exceptional form for Everton during the 2022/23 season thus far and, thanks to this, the Toffees currently have the joint-second best defensive record in the Premier League.
“I’m happy to win the award, playing a part in a big fixture for Everton,” Pickford said when accepting the Castrol Save of the Month award. “For me personally, it’s another good little trophy in the house.
“The save itself, it was a through ball, I was out of position. To tip it onto the bar was good, but I think my movement before that as a goalkeeper to readjust and get back into position to be able to make the save was the main key to the save.
“[It was a] big moment in the game, at half-time you don’t want to be going in 1-0 down, we want to keep that momentum at 0-0, which we did.
“For me, as a goalkeeper, just make saves as much as you can in every game. Keep making the saves, but we know how much it means to the city, for Everton fans, so to make saves like that in a Merseyside derby is always going to be big but, as a goalkeeper, I just want to be making saves constantly in each game I play.”
Pickford is the second ever winner of the Castrol Save of the Month award, topping a shortlist of six exceptional saves.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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