Southampton manager Mark Hughes has challenged Alex McCarthy to continue the fine form that brought him England recognition. Saints goalkeeper McCarthy was involved with Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for the first time during the recent international break and it was thought he could be handed a debut in the friendly against Switzerland.
However, the 28-year-old, who has been number one at St Mary’s since the second half of last season, remains uncapped after he was an unused substitute.
The shot-stopper is now preparing for Monday’s home Premier League clash against Brighton and Hughes is hoping McCarthy uses the experience of training with his country to become even better for Southampton.
“We’re all pleased for Alex. I think it’s recognition – not just (for) his form at the beginning of the season, but (for) his impact when he came into the team last year,” Hughes said at his press conference ahead of Monday’s clash with Brighton.
“He’ll understand he needs to continue in the form that he’s showing at the moment and any recognition of his play at international level will follow on from that.
“He’ll be in a good place, undoubtedly. He’s had a good experience, albeit I’m sure he would have preferred to have got some game time.
“I’m sure he’s enthused and looking forward to playing again.”