A four-month-old chicken named in honour of Jordan Pickford, England's first choice goalkeeper, has buoyed the country's hopes by predicting the Three Lions will beat Ukraine in Saturday’s Euro 2020 quarter-final, according to The Sun.
The cockerel owned by farmers Andrew and Ruth Pollard, both 49, is called Jordan "Peckford" – he was asked to choose between two full bowls of feed – one was marked "England," the other "Ukraine."
The farm bird took stock of the situation and determined the pecking order; first he dined from the England bowl before moving onto Ukraine's representative, thereby suggesting an English victory is on the cards.
The farming couple, who have four children, have been avidly following England’s Euro 2020 progress.
Andrew Pollard, a fifth generation farmer who is a fan of third tier English club Sunderland, said:
“I watched Jordan Pickford start his career with us before his big money move to Everton. His saves against Germany were spectacular. He’s been the keeper of the tournament so far. Four games and four clean sheets — it’s quite a record.”
“I don’t want to count my chickens too soon, but I think it’s coming home.” The farmer’s wife agreed, adding:
“It’s been superb so far. And Jordan has pretty much told us what he thinks of Ukraine’s chances. Not only did he have a poo in their bowl, he kicked it over. He doesn't fancy them at all. They’re on a wing and a prayer as far as he’s concerned. But they’ll probably cry fowl.”
British fans are excitedly awaiting Saturday's match-up with Ukraine – to be held in Rome – as England eyes up its first trophy since winning the World Cup in 1966.