Report: Bruce decision has 'hampered' Newcastle star's international hopes

Sam Preston March 22, 2021
Report: Bruce decision has 'hampered' Newcastle star's international hopes
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Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow was in contention for an England international call-up before Steve Bruce dropped him, according to a new report.

As reported by the Athletic, England coaching staff had been in touch with Darlow to tell him he was under consideration for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.

But then Bruce dropped Darlow for the 3-1 loss against Manchester United last month and the Englishman hasn’t played since.

Newcastle haven’t won any of the games since Slovakia international Martin Dubravka was brought back into the side in the place of Darlow.

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That’s not been the Slovakian’s fault, but it shows Bruce’s decision to drop Darlow has failed to pay dividends for Newcastle.

With Jordan Pickford out injured, Gareth Southgate was looking for another English goalkeeper to bring into the fold.

And there aren’t too many of them plying their trade regularly in the top flight.

Sam Johnstone has ended up getting the call to replace Pickford, having impressed despite West Bromwich Albion’s struggles.

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Had Darlow not been dropped, it’s fair to think he would have had a real chance of getting into Southgate’s squad last week.

The report claims Darlow is gutted about missing out on the call-up.

He is also eligible to play for Wales, but has rejected them in the past, claiming his dream is to play for England.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.