Jordan Pickford has been saluted by Gareth Southgate for his "brilliant" performances in Euro 2020.

The England head coach said the national side's former Carlisle United loan goalkeeper could not have done more to help the Three Lions succeed.

Pickford kept five clean sheets in the tournament and also saved two penalties in Sunday's agonising final defeat to Italy.

Head coach Southgate said the Everton keeper has always stepped up for his country despite having his No1 status questioned at times.

"I thought he had a brilliant tournament," said Southgate.

"There are a lot of players who come into that category and you don't get to a final without so many players having played well, and that's what happened for us.

"The number of times I've sat here and his [Pickford's] place in the team has been questioned - he has constantly delivered for us and this tournament, I think, was his best run of performances for England.

"He should be hugely proud of that.

"To concede two goals in seven matches, our whole defence and team but of course our goalkeeper was a big part of that.

"[He made] two saves in the shootout, so he could do little more in terms of keeping the ball out of our net and that's always the starting point for any goalkeeper.

"So yeah - he had a really outstanding tournament."

Ex-Blues loan man Pickford kept the most clean sheets of any keeper in the Euros but his Italian opposite number, Gianluigi Donnarumma, was named player of the tournament.