Jordan Pickford misses football but knows this is the time for the real heroes in the NHS to shine.
The Everton keeper is back living at his parents house in the North East as the country tackles the coronavirus outbreak.
Pickford, 26, has been moved by the work of those on the front line while football and other sports are on hold around the world.
“I am currently back in the North East with my partner Megan, my son, mum and dad, and my dog,” said the England No. 1.
“Obviously, we’d love to be playing football right now but, with the current situation, there’s a bigger picture to think of around the world.
“Everyone’s doing their duty as a nation of people, and the NHS has been phenomenal.
“I joined everyone in my parents’ street to applaud our doctors and nurses and every other NHS worker on Thursday night.
“It was a nice touch to recognise what they are doing at this time and demonstrate how we are all thinking about them.
“We need to take care of ourselves and do what’s best for the nation and for the world.
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“I’m missing the day-to-day banter with the lads and staff at Finch Farm but, as I say, there’s a bigger picture right now and the focus has to be to save lives and do our job of staying home and protecting the NHS.”
Pickford will be joining in on Everton's Blue Family campaign this week which has seen club boss Carlo Ancelotti, Mason Holgate and others get on the phone to the vulnerable in the community to give them support.
The England keeper's season is on hold while his chance at another major tournament this summer is also gone with Euro 2020 pushed back 12 months.
But he continues to train at home in preparation for the resumption of the season, although time away from football means he has been given more parental duties with his son Arlo.
While the boxing mad Pickford has also been kept busy by Tyson Fury.
“I have more down time when I'm playing football," he said.
“But I've got to get stuck in and help the missus with little Arlo, although I'm still trying to avoid waking up and getting collared to do that.
“I’m keeping fit. I’ve had gym equipment delivered, I’m going on bike rides, and little things like that are keeping me ticking over and helping me stay fresh and healthy.
“Megan bought me the Tyson Fury book – I think he’s great – so I’ve been passing the time reading that and learning more about his life from the start, as well as playing Fortnite on the Xbox!”
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