Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale should be a contender for Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad this summer following his superb form at the Amex Stadium.
England have been blessed in terms of the number of excellent goalkeepers progressing over the past few years, starting with the arrival of Manchester City’s Joe Hart onto the biggest stage.
Hart, while currently nursing an injury, was replaced by Stoke City’s excellent Jack Butland in the recent clash with Germany and after picking up an injury himself, he was later replaced by Fraser Forster.
Forster, Southampton’s number one, is currently being backed up by Burnley’s Tom Heaton. However, beyond the Clarets ace, there does not seem to be a further stand-out player in contention.
Butland has since been ruled out of the European Championships this summer with a fractured ankle, and a further injury to the aforementioned three names could pose an intriguing dilemma.
Derby County’s Scott Carson is an England international, while West Bromwich Albion’s Ben Foster could be tempted out of international retirement. But what about Brighton’s Stockdale?
The 30-year-old has been called up to the England squad in the past, despite not winning a cap, and this season he has been in terrific form for the Seagulls as they challenge for automatic promotion.
Hodgson will know all about Stockdale from their time together at Fulham, and there is no doubting his reliability as Brighton have one of the Championship’s meanest goals against record.
The Seagulls have conceded just 35 goals in 38 league matches this term, with Stockdale keeping 15 clean sheets in what has been a terrific individual campaign.
Norwich City’s John Ruddy is another option, and arguably the most likely to deputise in case of injuries considering he plays in the top-flight, yet Stockdale on current form would deserve a shot.