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'Calm yourself down': Wayne Rooney tells Jordan Pickford 'he needs to be much harder to beat' but backs the Everton No 1 to recover from the fall out around Virgil van Dijk's injury Jordan Pickford has come underfire following concern over his Everton form The England goalkeeper has made numerous high profile errors this term A dangerous tackle on Virgil van Dijk has also seen his judgement questioned But former Everton team-mate Wayne Rooney has backed him to bounce back

By Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Published: 09:31 GMT, 25 October 2020 | Updated: 09:40 GMT, 25 October 2020

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Wayne Rooney has leaped to the defence of underfire Everton keeper Jordan Pickford by claiming he has the ability to turn around his poor form.

Pickford has been criticised in recent times due to his erratic performances between the sticks at Goodison Park.

Although they have not hindered Everton following their unbeaten start to the season, which sees them top of the Premier League after the first five games, the England stopper has already made three high profile errors this term.

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford has come underfire following a series of mistakes

But his former Toffees team-mate Wayne Rooney has backed him to bounce back

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford (left)  has come underfire following a series of mistakes but his former Toffees team-mate Wayne Rooney (right) has backed him to bounce back

One incident against Brighton saw him drop a shot which allowed Neal Maupay to score while he also blundered twice in the Carabao Cup win over Fleetwood Town.

Rooney though backs his former Toffees team-mate, following their year together in 2017-18 before the 35-year-old departed, to turn around his form by just relaxing more on the pitch.  

'One issue, of course, is the mistakes of Jordan Pickford,' he claimed in The Times.

'I’m sure Jordan knows, himself, that he needs to be much harder to beat. I still believe his attributes make him both Everton and England’s best option and his errors aren’t massive, technical ones — they are

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