February 3, 2023

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England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has made some useful saves in this World Cup so far, but between waiting for large parts of a game and then days between games, there’s a lot of free time to fill. He duly did so by bringing over a huge game line-up from home.

Pickford, who plays his club football for Everton, revealed the power move as part of this promotion interview below, which is over 20 minutes long, but which I automatically set at the relevant time:

Pickford Chats GK Union, Gaming Setups and Golf Dream Teams 🎮⛳️ | Episode 20 | Lion’s Den With M&S Food

Seems the man For real likes to play Fortnite, and had previously brought gaming laptops with him while on national duty so he could play on his days off. But switching between those tight spaces and his normal setup had proved too much for the Euro 2021 Golden Glove winner, so for Qatar he just thought, fuck it, and had something heavier transported.

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The monogrammed container it arrived in is indeed a “right piece of kit”. Inside is still a laptop, but with a bespoke full-size TV/monitor/screen so the visual experience on the move matched what he was used to at home.

As regards Fortnite, it’s not just Pickford playing; as he says above, it’s something he plays with the boys, and the England side at the last World Cup four years ago were famous were absolutely addicted to it:

Aside from their inspired celebrations, England players have been very candid about their own Fortnite escapades in camp. It’s no surprise that team youngsters Marcus Rashford and Alli play religiously, or that young-at-heart Raheem Sterling and Lingard sign on to the Epic Games bestseller, but the real revelation is star striker Kane.

Kane, or should we say “hkane23”, has made a whopping 110 appearances in Russia, closely followed by Tottenham (and apparently Fortnite) teammate Alli, also known as “Delstroyer14”, who has reportedly made 82 appearances. The pair have previously live streamed their matches, including one against defender and teammate Harry Maguire.

Considering it’s 2022 and the World Cup has been running for almost a month (for some countries at least), he’s far from the only person playing there Fortnite in its rest period. But he’s undoubtedly the only one “just trying to get the best frames, trying to get the upper hand” with a monogrammed, armored computer case.

It’s also nice to see he’s having better luck with his power supply since moving to a PC laptop.

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