Sam Johnstone was called up to the England squad ahead of their World Cup qualifiers in September but was an unused substitute in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Hungary. Jordan Pickford remains Gareth Southgate’s first choice between the sticks, but Johnstone isn’t letting it get him down if his Instagram story is anything to go by.
The 28-year-old, who has represented the Three Lions on one occasion, posted a couple of pictures on social media, hailed England’s victory over Hungary and sharing a snap of him talking with Nick Pope. Johnstone will hope to add to his one cap from June’s international friendly win over Romania, so he needs to keep shining at West Bromwich Albion.
Johnstone was on the bench for every game of this summer’s European Championship with England, but he will get opportunities in non-competitive games if he doesn’t put a foot wrong at club level. It’s not ideal for his international career that he’s playing in the Championship, but no club made an acceptable bid for West Bromwich Albion to accept.
Albion won’t be too upset about that, however, as Johnstone has kept two clean sheets and conceded only three goals in four appearances this season.