The Everton No 1 became the first keeper in history to score a penalty for the Three Lions before clinching third place in the Nations Cup by denying Switzerland’s Josip Drmic.
It’s been quite a year for the Wearsider, now firmly established as Gareth Southgate’s first choice keeper and, according to his manager, on the short-list the next time a game goes to penalties.
But despite his World Cup exploits and Sunday’s man of the match award, the past 12 months have not been without their hiccups.
Some high-profile clangers during the Premier League campaign had critics questioning his Three Lions credentials.
And Pickford also discovered his new-found fame can come at a price.
In late-March, police investigated an incident when video footage showed the 24-year-old become embroiled in an incident after a bystander verbally abused his fiancée Megan.
The matter was taken no further but Pickford accepts that there are times he has to tread carefully.
Speaking for the first time about that night out, he said: “I am a normal lad – but sometimes you have got to realise you are not a normal lad, you are an England footballer.
He added: “I’ve got a little baby now and life has changed so it is a totally different lifestyle now and it is great.
“I think you always learn and mature in every game – whether it is club or international level.
“For me, I’ve always been decent, I made my debut against Germany, a 23 year-old playing in goal for England. What a moment and I kept a clean sheet.
“I think I started on the front-foot and there has been a lot of pressure but I don’t feel pressure.
“I just want to go and express myself and do the best for the nation and for the team. And I feel I can get better and better.”
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