Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says he is giving the England goalkeeper a rest and he will be back to face Manchester United; Newcastle vs Everton is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm on Super Sunday; kick-off at 2pm

Jordan Pickford: Everton goalkeeper left on bench for Premier League game at Newcastle

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Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is on the substitutes bench to face Newcastle United

Jordan Pickford has been left on the bench for Everton’s starting line-up to face Newcastle United on Sunday.

The England goalkeeper, who has endured a difficult few weeks, was replaced by debutant Robin Olsen, on loan from Serie A side Roma.

Explaining Pickford’s omission in a quote posted on the club’s Twitter account, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “I just want to give Jordan a rest for this game and to give an opportunity to Olsen, to have minutes.

“Jordan will be back for the next game against Manchester United.”

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The 26-year-old has started all 120 Premier League games since joining Everton in June 2017 from Sunderland but has seen his form dip this season.

He was also fortunate not to be sent off for the challenge which left Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk needing knee surgery in the 2-2 derby draw at Goodison Park on October 17, although he later received the backing of his manager over the incident.

And he was spared further embarrassment at the death in that game after he failed to keep out what would have been a late winner from Jordan Henderson when a VAR check resulted in a controversial offside decision.

Pickford’s only Premier League clean sheet this season came on the opening day at Tottenham and he’s conceded two goals in four of his last five Premier League appearances.

Only Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (3) has made more errors leading to shots this season while three of the nine goals he has conceded this season have been from outside the box – the most in the Premier League.

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Jordan Pickford: Everton goalkeeper left on bench for Premier League game at Newcastle

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