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Bringing it home: We visit Pickford's old school in Washington ahead of World Cup opening match

These days he's playing in goal for England at the World Cup... But what was local lad Jordan Pickford like, not so many years ago, when he attended St Robert of Newminster School, in his hometown of Washington?

Training is already well underway ahead of England's first game Credit: PA

In his early football career, Pickford joined the Sunderland Academy at the age of 8. Since then, he rose through the ranks to be selected for the SAFC first team, completing a variety of on-loan opportunities before returning to his home side.

In October 2017, Pickford moved to Everton for a fee of £30 million. He then caught the eye of England manager Gareth Southgate, who gave him the call-up to Russia.

Pickford met fans old and new at the training ground in Russia Credit: PA

He may be gearing up for England kicking off their journey in the summer tournament on Monday against Tunisia - but we wondered what was the former Sunderland goalkeeper like in his younger years...

Pickford attended St Robert of Newminster school in his youth Credit: ITV News

Teachers and staff at St Robert's say Pickford still visits the school every now and again, calling him "a Washington lad through and through".

Pupils at the school are hopeful he can bring back a winner's medal for the start of the new term...

  • Watch Simon O'Rourke's visit to Pickford's old school in Washington below:

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