Jordan Pickford could be denied a World Cup Golden Glove despite topping the clean charts

Jordan Pickford could be denied a World Cup Golden Glove despite topping the clean sheet lists with FIFA using an expert panel led by Arsene Wenger to decide the tournament’s best goalkeeper.

England and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford could finish as the best goalkeeper at keeping a clean sheet at the Qatar World Cup, but don’t think this will see him hoist the legendary Golden Glove award for his exploits.

Pickford returned to career-best form for the Three Lions, conceding in just two of five matches on the way to a quarter-final exit against eventual World Cup finalists France.

But the award is not awarded to the goalkeeper who keeps the most clean sheets, as is the case with the Premier League Player of the Year award, and is instead decided between a panel of referees as to who they think was the winner. Best performance among sticks.

England’s Jordan Pickford could be denied the Golden Glove award at the World Cup in Qatar

Pickford (yellow) sits at the top of the championship charts for goalkeepers

Pickford is currently tied with Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bono and Argentine Emiliano Martinez, each of whom managed four matches without conceding, and the Argentine could top the list if he can hold off the France forwards in Sunday’s final.

FIFA has put together a specialist technical study group to decide who should be recognized as the best goalkeeper in the tournament, and Pickford is likely to miss out after England were prematurely eliminated.

Argentine Emiliano Martinez also kept four clean sheets

Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou also achieved the same amount of clean sheets

Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (left) and Morocco goalkeeper Yacine Bounou (right) scored four clean sheets in Qatar.

The Golden Glove Award is given to the best goalkeeper of the tournament at the World Cup

The Golden Glove Award is given to the best goalkeeper of the tournament at the World Cup

The group itself will also decide which player should be awarded the Golden Boot, and England striker Harry Kane lifted the award in 2018 after scoring six goals as the Three Lions march to the semi-finals.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will lead the pack after playing a role in world football’s guiding body after leaving Arsenal in 2018.

Ulf Schot – Head of FIFA’s High Performance – and Chris Loxstone – Group Leader Football Performance Analysis and Statistics – are also on board.

FIFA will decide who wins the award using a technical group of experts led by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

FIFA will decide who wins the award using a technical group of experts led by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Pickford will likely miss out on the Golden Glove award after England's quarter-final exit

Pickford will likely miss out on the Golden Glove award after England’s quarter-final exit

The 73-year-old Wenger will be joined by a host of ex-legends including Germany’s Jurgen Klinsmann, former Italian manager Alberto Zaccheroni, South Korea’s Cha de Re, Nigeria legend Sunday Oliseh, Fred Mondragon and former Swiss shooting goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbueller. .

Football managers interested in analyzing the data will also assist the group in their decision-making process which will see the individual prizes handed out after Sunday’s World Cup final.

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