Pickford is the perfect height for a World Cup champion keeper
Standing at 6’ 1’’, England’s No.1 Jordan Pickford is the perfect height to be keeping goal at the World Cup, standing just as tall as the average tournament-winning goalkeepers down the years, according to research from bettingexpert.com.
Pickford etched his name into the history books following what was only his seventh-ever senior international game on Tuesday. The 24-year-old had being doing fine job in the competition so far but cemented his place as England’s number one following his penalty shoot-out save against Colombia in the last 16 clash.
Pickford can emulate Banks as England’s second 6’1’’ World Cup winning GK
The Everton man, who was playing at Preston North End as recently as 2016, is the same height as England’s 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, which stands him in good stead to follow in those victorious footsteps.
Banks stood three centimetres taller than his West German counterpart in the World Cup final, while Pickford will be conceding seven centimetres to Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen this Saturday. On paper you may say that this could be disadvantageous should the fixture go to a penalty shoot-out - but the England man can shrug off those worries, having already demonstrated that he has what it takes.
Other goalkeepers who stood at 6’1” when they lifted the Jules Rimet trophy were Sepp Maier, who went all the way with Germany in 1974, and modern goalkeeping legend Iker Casillas, who triumphed with Spain eight years ago in South Africa.
Pickford’s heroics between the sticks last time out, both during the 120 minutes and the spot kicks, has played a major role in giving England a healthy chance to book a semi-final place for the first time since 1990, despite the fact that he is the joint-shortest goalkeeper left in the tournament.
Having analysed all winning goalkeepers in World Cup history, or in other words since 1930, the average of all of their heights settle at precisely one metre and 85 centimetres which means that Pickford fits the bill exactly and could be the Three Lions’ lucky charm in more ways than one.
The shortest goalkeeper to ever win a World Cup final was the Italian Aldo Olivieri in 1939, who stood at 5’10” – cutting quite the diminutive figure in the goalkeeping world. On the other end of the scale comes Manuel Neuer and Marcos, of Germany and Brazil, who towered at 6’4”.
Then right in middle of the pack is Pickford, standing shoulder to shoulder with national hero Banks, and who the stats suggest is set to be the first person to emulate the feat of his counterpart some 52 years later.
Henrik Lykkesteen, VP of Commercial for Better Collective, said: “England are into the quarter-finals of the World Cup and people would be forgiven for beginning to think that there might be gold at the end of the tunnel, especially with shoot-out hero Jordan Pickford on the pitch.
“Not only is he the perfect average height of all former World Cup-winning goalkeepers, he shares the exact 6’1” measurement as England’s 1966 hero-between-the-sticks Gordon Banks which is surely a lucky, if not prophetic, omen with just three games between the Three Lions and the Jules Rimet trophy.”