If things were different, Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow could be in the England squad right now.
Gareth Southgate announced his latest squad last week, and an injury to Jordan Pickford created an opening in the goalkeeper department.
After Darlow’s strong season, it seemed like he was a contender. But instead, Southgate opted for West Brom’s Sam Johnstone.
The England manager admitted that Darlow has had a ‘very good season’, but has found himself on the bench at just the wrong time.
The 30-year-old has been a key player for Newcastle, but recently lost his place to Martin Dubravka.
This has left Darlow on the bench, and has also cost him a place in the England squad.
Some Toon fans were furious with Southgate’s decision, but Darlow might still have a future at international level.
Wales calling for Darlow?
According to the Athletic, Darlow is ‘very upset’ about missing out on an international callup.
However, they also claim that the goalkeeper could represent Wales.
Darlow is eligible because of one of his grandfathers, and was a target for manager Ryan Giggs in 2018.
And following his England snub, the Athletic claim that the door isn’t ‘completely shut’ on playing for Wales.
If Darlow is keen to play international football then he should certainly pursue a future with the Welsh.
This was his best chance to get in the England squad and sadly it has passed him by.
But as one door closes, perhaps another one opens.