Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford declined interview requests following England’s win against Malta on Friday night.
Just hours before Gareth Southgate’s side claimed a 2-0 victory at Wembley, it was confirmed that Everton had been docked 10 points, the heaviest punishment ever handed to a top-flight team, for breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.
The punishment, which means that Sean Dyche’s side dropped immediately from 14th in the table to second-bottom, with only goal difference separating them from Burnley in 20th, was imposed by an independent commission after a disciplinary hearing took place last month.
Everton said they were ‘shocked and disappointed’ by the punishment after an investigation by an independent commission and would appeal. The appeal will be concluded before the end of the season.
And when asked to stop by members of the media in the Wembley mixed zone on Friday night, Pickford declined and said: “I wonder what you want to talk about?”
England boss Gareth Southgate doesn’t have any concerns over Pickford being distracted by the points deduction.
He said: “I haven’t spoken to Jordan about it, but he has coped really well with a couple of really difficult seasons at Everton, where they’ve been in the lower reaches of the league.
“If the ultimate decision is like it was today — and I assume there will be some sort of appeal — then it’s a scenario he’s been through.
“Jordan has been a really important player for us. The rest is speculative, so we’ll just have to see.”