According to The Chronicle, Gareth Southgate was quickly alerted to Karl Darlow’s excellent display against Tottenham on Sunday.
The ex-Nottingham Forest glovesman continues to deputise for the injured Martin Dúbravka in between the sticks, having started the first two Premier League games of the campaign in his absence.
On currently form, the Slovakian might actually find it hard to dislodge Darlow.
According to SofaScore, the 29-year-old made a staggering 11 saves against Jose Mourinho’s men, including seven from shots faced inside the box.
Now, the Northampton-born Darlow has never been capped at international level. He remains eligible to play for Wales as well as England due to his Grandad, Ken Leek, who appeared for the Welsh national team in the 1960s.
However, if The Chronicle is to be believed, we may soon have another England international to join the likes of Andy Carroll, Callum Wilson and Jonjo Shelvey at St James’ Park.
There is no denying that Darlow – who Spotrac say earns £25,000-a-week – has stepped up and taken his opportunity in Dúbravka’s absence.
If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have had a chance of getting a point against a Tottenham side who were by far the better team – it has to be said.
If he can keep this form up, he may soon be competing with Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope with the Three Lions.