Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs believes Jordan Pickford should concentrate on his football rather than attack the media and pundits.
The England goalkeeper took aim at his critics following the Toffees’ 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The 25-year-old was at fault for Christian Benteke’s goal while his form and temperament have also been called into question over the past 18 months.
After the game, the glovesman said: “Everyone hates you, for some reason, that’s part of being an England player.
“I think the press and everybody, the punters – look at Gary Neville – they just want to come for England players.
“You have got to live with it, you have got to learn. I know what I am capable of and I know what I am good at.”
Stubbs believes Pickford was wrong to go on the offensive, but made it clear people should not forget the Everton star is still a good goalkeeper.
The former Goodison Park defender told talkSPORT: “I think he’s just got to keep concentrating on his football.
“I don’t think he really needs to come out and make comments that will put more of the spotlight on him.
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“You want people to be talking about him for his performances, not for what he is saying in the media.
“For a long time he has been doing that because people have been talking about how well he’s done, but unfortunately when you do make a mistake the one thing you don’t want to do is come out and start having a go at the media, because you play for England so you get criticism anyway.
“I don’t know whether that’s just a bit of frustration because of some of the things that have gone against him this season.
“He’s done okay this season but it hasn’t been a great season from him; he has made a couple of mistakes and I think the eyes are on him now.
“There’s a few people starting to ask questions.
“He had a real purple period and he’s still obviously England’s no.1, but he has made a couple of mistakes this season that have led to goals.
“Let’s be honest about it – probably after the game he’s come out and knows that people are looking at him. There’s probably a bit of frustration in terms of his comments after the game.
“He’s not a bad goalkeeper. He has obviously made a couple of mistakes this season but I can count them on one hand.
“On the other six or seven hands I can talk about the quality saves he’s made. As a keeper you are the last line of defence; if you make a mistake you’ve got no one else to help you.
“He’s a confident boy; he portrays confidence in the way he handles the ball.
“He’s got a swagger about him but sometimes when you make a mistake you can become ridiculed, because people can portray that swagger as arrogance and look at it that way.”
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