Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been discussing what receiving his England debut would mean to him ahead of the national team’s upcoming fixtures against Spain and Switzerland.
The Saints stopper has enjoyed a strong start to the season on an individual level and has seen his efforts rewarded with a rare call-up to the senior squad.
McCarthy is joined by Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Stoke City’s Jack Butland in the goalkeeping ranks. Fulham’s Marcus Bettinelli was also handed a surprise call-up following the withdrawal of Adam Lallana due to a groin problem.
Southampton star McCarthy has received two international call-ups in previous years but has yet to feature in a fixture for England, something that he hopes will change during the ongoing break.
As quoted by the Daily Echo, the 28-year-old opened up on how he would feel “overwhelmed” to be called upon by Gareth Southgate.
Obviously, it will be a very proud moment for me and my family. When you are growing up as a kid, all you want to do is play football and represent your country. If I do get my chance, I know I will take it. I will be overwhelmed.
England kick their UEFA Nations League campaign off on Saturday evening as they lock horns with Spain before they take on Switzerland in an international friendly tie on Tuesday.