Championship star ‘in line’ for England call-up as Gareth Southgate watches on

Sunderland goalkeeper Anthony Patterson could be next in line for a shock England call-up by Gareth Southgate.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed an impressive campaign with the play-off chasing Black Cats this season. Patterson is already being scouted by the England U21s and has been tipped to play a key role in this summer’s European Championships in Romania and Georgia.

However, because of his recent good form, he could be in line for a call-up for the senior Three Lions’ squad, ahead of the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine next month.

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Patterson has already played all 34 of Sunderland’s Championship games this season, conceding 38 goals and keeping ten clean sheets. Tony Mowbray’s side currently reside in ninth position, but are only four points away from the play-off places.

It is not the first time Southgate has had his eye on the 22-year-old shot-stopper. Patterson was being viewed as a potential fourth choice goalkeeper, even before Crystal Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone suffered a calf injury which is expected to keep him out until April.

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Patterson spent last season out on loan to Notts County before returning and establishing himself as Sunderland's No.1. It’s very safe to say Patterson has won Mowbray over with his calm and mature beyond his years performances.

“I think he’s done exceptionally well and has got an amazing temperament,” said Mowbray when asked about Patterson. “I see him working every day with Alessandro. I’ve been in this job a long time in football management and I have to say the temperament of the goalkeeper we’ve got is just fantastic really, just a big, steady young guy who doesn’t get too uptight about anything.

“His personality is so measured, it’s amazing really and he finds a way to keep that ball out of the net, helps the team with balls into the box. His distribution is improving so there are lots of positives.” At this present moment, he will struggle to displace first choice goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who has been England’s No.1 in two consecutive World Cups and the Euros.

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has also been pushing Pickford for the No.1 jersey, while Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope boasts the least amount of goals conceded in the Premier League.


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