Alex McCarthy was relieved to beat Crystal Palace at the weekend and can now enjoy his time with the England squad more. The goalkeeper’s fine form amid what has been a challenging start to the season for Southampton, was last week rewarded with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad and he followed that up with an impressive performance in the 2-0 win over the Eagles.
Beyond the established Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland there remains a vacancy for a third goalkeeper to consistently make Gareth Southgate’s selection, and the 28-year-old McCarthy hopes to take advantage of his involvement in the coming fixtures with Spain and Switzerland to do that.
“I was looking forward to (this) week,” he said. “But I knew I needed to perform to get the three points and make (it) more enjoyable, so thankfully that happened.
“Growing up, you want to represent your country. Especially with the international break now it’s a massive boost for everyone going into that with three points.
“I’ll hopefully have a good week’s training and see what happens (in the future with England).
“We have a tight school of goalkeepers here (at Southampton) and the competition is a positive thing, keeps everyone on their toes and pushing towards the next level. It doesn’t faze me at all and makes me more motivated.
“Obviously Jordan (Pickford’s) done really well; he had a really good World Cup but I’ve said all along the main thing for me is to concentrate on club football, keeping that number one shirt, and then whatever happens after that happens.”