FORMER Bradford City goalkeeper Jordan Pickford picked up a comfortable clean sheet in England's opening Euro 2020 match against Croatia yesterday.

The Three Lions won a turgid game 1-0 at Wembley, but it was the hosts who had the majority of the chances, with Everton stopper Pickford barely tested.

The 27-year-old, who spent the majority of the 2014-15 season on loan at Valley Parade, did well to save a stinging low Luka Modric drive after the break, and also reacted quickly to beat Ante Rebic to the ball after Kieran Trippier's risky backpass.

Many people were calling for Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson to take on the England number one role, but national team boss Gareth Southgate has largely stayed loyal to Pickford over the last three years.

Barring injury or suspension, the former Bantam looks likely to retain his place for the rest of the tournament.

Wibsey's Mason Greenwood pulled out of the tournament last week through injury, while Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who set up the winner for Raheem Sterling, was widely considered man of the match.

England's next game is on Friday, also at Wembley, against fierce rivals Scotland.