England manager Gareth Southgate announced the national side that will be in action come the September international break a short time ago this afternoon, and Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been given his deserved call-up.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 30, 2018
The 28-year-old former Crystal Palace stopper came to the fore in the season of 2017/18 as Fraser Forster’s form and confidence deserted him and he played a major role in helping us to avoid relegation to the Championship.
Following his arrival for an undisclosed fee back in the summer of 2016, he now has 28 senior appearances to his name and has more than established himself as our regular No 1 between the sticks.
The form he was in as we ended last season has clearly been taken on board by Southgate, and our reigning Fans’ Player of the Year will now look to build on his three Under 21 caps and go one further having received the call from England previously in 2013 and 2016 and work his way into contention to get a first cap.
Absolutely chuffed for the lad, well deserved ????????????????????
— Art68????⚪️ (@ArthurCogger) August 30, 2018
Well done Alex! ????????
— Ben Stanfield (@BenStanners) August 30, 2018
Congrats to our Big Mac! Utterly deserved #SaintsFC
— Graham Webster (@gray_webster) August 30, 2018
Thoroughly deserved, hope you get a chance to show what you can do! Keep up the good work ????????
— Craig Vincent (@Craig_Vincent17) August 30, 2018
Totally deserved!!! ????
— Laura Spencer (@LauraSpencer24) August 30, 2018
Well deserved England No1 back to Saints! Congrats to Alex????
— Stuartymcb (@StuartMcBride7) August 30, 2018
— Jake Wade (@Jake_Wade21) August 30, 2018
Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Stoke City’s Jack Butland complete the goalkeeping unit.
England face Spain at Wembley in the UEFA Nations League nonsense on September 8, before facing Switzerland at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium three days later.