I didn’t get to this last week sadly, but it can’t go without a mention – Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy finally made his England international debut in last Thursday’s friendly game against the United States.
England manager Gareth Southgate rested usual Number 1 Jordan Pickford at the halftime stage of the game and our 28-year-old took his moment to impress on the Wembley pitch as a second half substitute.
He marked the occasion by keeping himself a clean sheet in the second 45 minutes as he registered his first cap.
Having ended a five year wait to pick up his first cap given previous international involvement going back to the summer of 2013, he certainly didn’t let anyone down and he did a decent job between the sticks, even if he was rarely tested, so he should certainly take the positives from that and the praise that has since come his way.
— Scott Hamilton (@ScottHammy87) November 15, 2018
— Saints Marching (@SaintsMarching_) November 15, 2018
— Nathan Newington (@newington13) November 15, 2018
Wow Alex McCarthy coming on for England!!! #SaintsFC
— Connor Marchant (@Marchant_Connor) November 15, 2018
Alex McCarthy will love the fact he will be coming on for someone other than Mark Hughes and a team that can actually score goals. Unreal moment. #saintsfc
— Jay (@ffsjxy) November 15, 2018
— Bazz (@BazzJK) November 15, 2018
Well done @Alex_Macca23..well deserved!
— Barry Doyle (@Saint_Barry) November 15, 2018
— sfcpaul (@sfcpaul100) November 15, 2018
Southampton fans on social media were definitely pleased for him as they gave their reactions following the fulltime whistle.