Queens Park Rangers had a dismal start to the season as they lost their opening four matches.
23-year-old goalkeeper Joe Lumley had to watch from the sidelines until matchday five when he was selected by manager Steve McClaren to start ahead of Matt Ingram.
The shot-stopper has been the club’s first choice ever since and results have certainly picked up.
QPR’s worst start to a season in over 50 years has turned into a possible promotion charge.
Currently, the club are 11th in the Championship, three points off the final play-off spot after 16 games.
The club’s form has been partly down to Lumley’s heroics in between the sticks as he has kept seven clean sheets in 12 outings.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, the goalkeeper spoke of his rise to the number one spot and his ambitions of receiving an England call-up.
At the moment, Gareth Southgate’s first choice is Everton’s Jordan Pickford, but Lumley believes that the manager’s willingness to give young players a try might work in his favour.
“It’s hard not to think about that, really – and now especially. Southgate takes a different approach, he’s bringing a lot of youngsters. He’s got Jack Butland in the squad regularly – he’s a different class – and he’s playing in the Championship.
“A lot of Championship players are getting into the England squad which is brilliant because it gives you that confidence to think I’ve got a chance to impress here. It’s hard not to think about it, but you stay humble and keep trying your best every day.”
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