Karl Darlow was on the verge of an England call-up for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
According to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein, Three Lions coaching staff had been in ‘direct contact’ with the Newcastle man to tell him he was being considered.
However, Steve Bruce then restored fit-again Martin Dubravka to the line-up following the 3-1 defeat at Manchester United last month, and that has cost Darlow his opportunity.
Johnstone gets nod over Darlow, who may look to Wales
There was an opening in the England goalkeeper ranks after usual first-choice Jordan Pickford sustained a rib injury, but it has been filled instead by West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, selected alongside Dean Henderson and Nick Pope.
Darlow is understood to be ‘very upset’ at missing out on the call-up, which would have been one of the highlights of his career.
The 30-year-old has kept four clean sheets, made 88 saves and conceded 43 goals in his 25 appearances this season (via Premier League).
Darlow is eligible to represent Wales, and Ornstein says that they may try to persuade him to change allegiance. He rejected the switch in 2018, but it is said that the ‘door is not completely shut’.
Transfer Tavern verdict
Ultimately, Darlow gave the Bruce the justification he needed with an unconvincing performance in that game against Manchester United, when was twice beaten at his near post.
In other news, Lee Ryder slammed this attacker’s performance against Brighton.
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