Sheffield Wednesday’s Cameron Dawson hits out at so-called experts after criticism of England and Everton’s Jordan Pickford and other goalkeepers

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, Cameron Dawson, has called for more ex-goalkeepers in punditry after criticism for the likes of Jordan Pickford of late.

Saturday, 26th September 2020, 7:00 am

Dawson and Pickford played together at England youth level before Pickford sky-rocketed up the ladder into World Cup fame following some heroics with the Three Lions in Russia.

Now though, with the Everton man coming in for criticism from various pundits, the question has been asked regarding whether he still deserves to be England’s number one under Gareth Southgate.

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The Owls shot-stopper had defended his former youth teammate, and says that more goalkeepers should be in punditry teams across the country so that better analysis can be given for his position.

He told The Star, “The fact that Jordan Pickford’s England place is up for discussion, I really don’t get it…

“You look at what he’s done, what he’s done for his country, and the performances he’s put in for his country, I’d even go as far as saying a lot of it is an absolute lack of respect.

“From goalkeeper to goalkeeper, I’m thinking, ‘Hold on a minute, this man has contributed to an England World Cup semifinal appearance, won our first penalty shootout in God knows how long, and now he’s getting all this’.”

Cameron Dawson has called for more ex-goalkeepers in football punditry. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

So his solution…

“I look a lot at the minute at some of the goalkeepers getting a lot of stick out there,” he says. “And I think my answer to it is that we need a lot more goalkeepers in punditry, because some of the shouts that I hear are absolutely disgraceful.

“It leaves you guys (the media) with nowhere to go, because when the pundits are coming out with all these ridiculous comments, you have to go and write about it. So I think the way to go is to get more goalkeepers into punditry.”

Dawson is locked in a tightly-fought battle with fellow Owls academy graduate, Joe Wildsmith, as they battle it out for Garry Monk’s number one spot at SWFC, though he does seem to be leading the race having kept two consecutive clean sheets against Cardiff City and Watford in Wednesday’s opening two Championship games in 2020/21.

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