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Frank Lampard talks about his decision to captain Jordan Pickford

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Frank Lampard talks about his decision to captain Jordan Pickford

Everton head coach Frank Lampard has opened up on his decision to hand Jordan Pickford the armband and seek solutions to the injury woes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The striker managed just 17 appearances in the Premier League last season. He did score the winner against Crystal Palace in the penultimate game of the season to help Everton ensure survival.

“He’s had an injury in training. It was a bit of a freak injury in a really simple passing action,” Frank Lampard said. “He felt a little bit of an issue with the outside of his knee but we’re assessing it at the moment so I’m not here to give you an absolute time frame on when he’ll be back. I have read some reports of rumors and people just guessing the injury and the length of time, but we don’t know. We’re hoping it’s weeks at the moment, but we don’t yet know that information.”

“We have different attacking players and different systems, different ways we can play so we’ll take that into account going into the game,” he added. “He’ll certainly be missing for the Chelsea game and probably the games succeeding that in the short term but hopefully it won’t be too long. It’s your job, and you have to get on with these things when they happen. We’ve looked at different solutions without giving too much away.”

“At the moment it’s Jordan Pickford. Tarkowski has come in and shown himself to be a leader straight away, but I think if I put an armband or not on James Tarkowski, he’s going to be a leader on the pitch and every day on the training ground,” Frank Lampard said about Jordan Pickford. “Jordan Pickford is England’s No 1. He’s played at an extremely high level for a long time. Sometimes, he’s not quite got the credit that he deserves, but he got the credit last year because of his performances and how in-your-face they were.”

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