Alex McCarthy finally took to the Wembley pitch as an England international on Thursday night.
Gareth Southgate handed the 28-year-old his first Three Lions cap as a second half substitute for Jordan Pickford, bringing a five-year wait to an end.
The former Reading star was first called up to an England side in May 2013 for friendlies with the Republic of Ireland and Brazil – marking the first time a Royal graduate earned a call-up since their academy was formed.
Further call-ups came in 2016 and earlier this year, but the wait was finally over against the United States of America.
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It turned out to be a quiet evening for the Saints stopper, as England eased to a 3-0 win over their North Atlantic neighbours. McCarthy was not required to make a single save during his stint between the posts – forced into just the one claim per WhoScored.
A maiden England outing came as a timely reward for the goalkeeper’s fine form at St Mary’s Stadium, where he has produced 40 saves and 14 clearances in 12 Premier League games so far.
These Southampton fans were certainly delighted their star finally earned a cap…
— Scott Hamilton (@ScottHammy87) November 15, 2018
— Saints Marching (@SaintsMarching_) November 15, 2018
— Nathan Newington (@newington13) November 15, 2018
Wow Alex McCarthy coming on for England!!! #SaintsFC
— Connor Marchant (@Marchant_Connor) November 15, 2018
Alex McCarthy will love the fact he will be coming on for someone other than Mark Hughes and a team that can actually score goals. Unreal moment. #saintsfc
— Jay (@ffsjxy) November 15, 2018
— Bazz (@BazzJK) November 15, 2018
Well done @Alex_Macca23..well deserved!
— Barry Doyle (@Saint_Barry) November 15, 2018
— sfcpaul (@sfcpaul100) November 15, 2018