Southgate praise Sam Johnstone for assist vs Andorra
England secured a comfortable 5-0 win over Andorra on Saturday night, with West Brom ace Sam Johnstone earning his third international cap.
The 28-year-old did not have a lot to do, keeping one of the easiest clean sheets of his career, but he was involved in one of the goals.
The Three Lions were already leading 4-0 through goals by Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham and James Ward-Prowse when Jack Grealish struck with four minutes to go, latching on to a long throw by Johnstone to open his international account.
The comfortable win moved England closer to World Cup qualification, and Gareth Southgate was pleased with the impact of the Baggies goalkeeper.
The Three Lions manager told BBC at full-time: “It was a fabulous piece of quick thinking from Sam Johnstone and when Jack is in those one against one situations, he will always be a threat.”
Johnstone has been involved in play more than before this season due to Valerien Ismael’s style of play at The Hawthorns, and that has yielded rewards on the international level too.
He has kept three clean sheets in as many appearances for his country, and that is an enviable record.
While Romania and Andorra are not exactly tough opponents to play against, that the West Brom star is establishing himself as second-choice behind Jordan Pickford despite being in the Championship is huge.
He surely has eyes on becoming number 1, but that will be tough, and he will have to master the art of ball-playing to boost his chances.
Helping the Baggies to automatic and instant promotion remains the mission, and he is also playing his role as England inches closer to a spot in Qatar 2022.
Johnstone is top quality, and West Brom have to hold on to him for as long as they can.
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