Police investigating alleged Jordan Pickford fight video
The Everton goalkeeper has established himself as England’s number one.
Northumbria Police are investigating an alleged incident involving England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in Sunderland.
A video circulated online allegedly shows the Everton player at the centre of a street brawl.
It was captured in the hours after Pickford’s former club Sunderland lost to Portsmouth on penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday.
Northumbria Police said: “At 12:19am on Monday, April 1, police received a report of a disturbance involving a large group of individuals on Tunstall Road, Sunderland.
“Enquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident and locate those involved.
“Nobody is believed to have been seriously injured and no arrests have been made.”
Everton had earlier confirmed they are also investigating, saying: “The club has been made aware of an alleged incident involving one of our players and we are looking into the matter.”
In the video, onlookers can be heard shouting “Jordan” as a fight breaks out before the man, believed to be Pickford, is dragged away.
The 25-year-old had played in Everton’s 2-0 away win over West Ham on Saturday before spending a day off in his home city.
Pickford came through the ranks with Sunderland but joined Everton for an initial £25million when the Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League in June 2017.
He made his England debut five months later and was Gareth Southgate’s first choice at the World Cup, saving a penalty from Colombia’s Carlos Bacca as the Three Lions went on to reach the semi-finals.
Pickford, capped 17 times, played in both of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers last month.
Sam Allardyce, who managed Pickford at Everton last season and during his time as Sunderland boss, said on talkSPORT: “When you decide to go out you pick a much better place suited to you and your wife.
“Jordan has to learn from his mistakes.
“In terms of what he is like and what his social life is – I know this guy. I brought him back to Sunderland from a loan spell at Preston where he was outstanding.
“I looked after him when he was at Everton and he ended up getting in the England team, the World Cup team, and that puts you under more light and more scrutiny.
“He’s a fantastic goalkeeper, but the character is why he is as good a goalkeeper as he is.
“Jordan is the character he is and the goalkeeper he is, and that character means that he likes to go out occasionally.
“But what he has to do is choose better places to go, because there is only one loser and that’s him.
“He must take notice of what has happened and he must look after himself better when he decides to go (out).”