England take on Spain in the UEFA Nations League and then face Switzerland in a friendly this month, and Gareth Southgate had initially selected Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Alex McCarthy as his three goalkeepers.
Fulham stopper Marcus Bettinelli has now joined the group as the fourth keeper and it is the 26-year-old’s first call-up.
His selection comes just days after he made his first start in the Premier League against Burnley on August 26th, and Spanish newspaper AS claims the custodian is now living the ‘sweetest days of his career’.
In 2015, he made one England U21 appearance under the guidance of the current national team manager and the report suggests Southgate has followed his progress.
Last season, Bettinelli made his first league start in December and since then, he excelled for his side as Fulham achieved promotion. The keeper will remain hopeful to replicate his previous campaign’s form this term in order to become the undisputed player for his club.
It’s making the news in Spain not only because of the upcoming match, but also because of Sergio Rico’s situation. The Sevilla owned goalkeeper moved to Fulham this summer to give his career a kickstart, and it’s not going so well so far.
Not only is he up against Fabri, there’s also Bettinelli pressuring him.