McCarthy in for injured fellow Saints ace

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been called up by Sam Allardyce to replace his Southampton team-mate Fraser Forster in the England squad.

Southampton: McCarthy in for injured fellow Saints aceSouthampton: McCarthy in for injured fellow Saints ace

The 26-year-old, who has been capped at Under-21 level, was drafted into the squad for Sunday’s opening World Cup Group F qualifier in Slovakia after Forster had to pull out because of an arm injury.

Forster is now back with the Saints to undergo treatment on the injury in the hope he will be fit in time for the Premier League away clash against Arsenal on September 10.

But McCarthy is delighted to get an opportunity to link up with England and took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon after the Football Association confirmed he would replace Forster.

He wrote: “Thanks for all the messages, looking forward to meeting up with the squad.”

McCarthy is likely to be on the bench for the game with Joe Hart, who left Manchester City to join Italian Serie A side Torino on a season-long loan on Wednesday, set to continue between the sticks despite his disappointing Euro 2016.

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