Jordan Pickford makes Newcastle stadium feelings clear even after Sunderland diehard got 'stick'

Jordan Pickford has hailed St James' Park's 'rocking' atmosphere - even if the Sunderland fan 'gets a lot of stick' from Newcastle United supporters.

Pickford will set foot in the home dressing room of the stadium for the first time on Monday night when England take on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Three Lions' penultimate game before the Euros. It will be England's first visit to the stadium since 2005.

Kieran Trippier and Anthony Gordon, obviously, know what to expect, but this will be the first time that their international team-mates will have Geordies in their corner. For Pickford, in particular, it promises to be an almost surreal experience.

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Pickford, after all, has been taunted about his roots and allegiances over the years after making the trip to Tyneside with Everton. However, when asked to choose the best away atmosphere he had played in, the England number one showed there were no hard feelings.

"Well, I know I get a lot of stick at St James' Park, but I know the atmosphere is always rocking," the goalkeeper told Channel 4.

Anthony Gordon chose Anfield while Newcastle team-mate Kieran Trippier opted for Elland Road, the scene of the Magpies' 1-0 win against Leeds United in 2022, which proved a turning point in Eddie Howe's reign.

"Elland Road is up there," he added. "Playing against Leeds when I was at Burnley, Tottenham and Newcastle, they have really passionate fans. They've got a great support there and I've managed to play there for England as well."