Sam Johnstone was pushing to become England's No 2 before Henderson's injury
West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is impressing England goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson and giving Dean Henderson a run for his money.
According to the Daily Mail, the Baggies goalie was pushing to become Three Lions second-choice goalie prior to the injury-enforced withdrawal of his Manchester United rival.
Johnstone has continuously caught the eyes of the England goalkeeping coach since his first call-up in April, and would have been seriously considered to play ahead of Henderson during the European Championship should Pickford get injured [Daily Mail].
The West Brom star was in fine form individually last season despite our eventual relegation, making the most saves (166) in the top-flight [AS].
While Nick Pope’s injury boosted his England chances, it appears that he might have forced his way into the squad were the Burnley star fit.
Johnstone is capable of being Three Lions number 2, and we believe he strongly fancies his chances of being first-choice.
West Brom are prepared to lose the Man Utd academy graduate, and we can only wish him all the best going forward.
The 28-year-old made his debut for the Three Lions against Romania earlier this month, keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 win.
West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur are both keen on the Baggies ace [Daily Mail] and more suitors could emerge for his signature should he make an appearance at the Euro.
Southgate is ready to rely on him and Jordan Pickford has to watch his back with Johnstone breathing down his neck and eyeing that starting berth.
In other West Brom news, Xu Ke wants Spaniard as new Baggies manager with Fulham keen too.