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Rushworth buzzing as he heads off on international duty

22 March 2022

Walsall goalkeeper Carl Rushworth is looking forward to joining up with England Under 21s this week.

The 20-year-old has been called up for the second time this season after also receiving a call up back in October.

England U21s are set to face Andorra and Albania and the Saddlers stopper will be hoping to be involved.

In Rushworth’s absence, Jack Rose is likely to deputise.

He believes the competition between them is healthy and is looking forward to gaining more valuable experience with England.

“Like the last time, it’s just getting the experience,” he said.

“I’m buzzing to join up with the lads and I’m looking forward to it.

“I feel as though we’re going to keep improving with the competition between Rosey (Jack Rose) and I.

“With myself getting the game time, he’s trying to find his way in the squad and he’ll try and put his name out there and stay in the team. It’s good competition.”

The Saddlers picked up a point at Harrogate Town on Saturday in Rushworth’s last game before he heads off on international duty.

He made some crucial saves in the match but insists he’d much prefer to have three points instead of standout saves.

“Like I’ve said before, I’d rather have no saves to make and we get the three points and a clean sheet,” he commented.

“I was there when I was needed and thankfully, I made a couple of saves but it’s a disappointing day.

“We weren’t good enough in the first half, nowhere near good enough. But chatting to the gaffer at half-time, I thought that we played well second half and flipped it on its head.

“It’s a tough one take because they didn’t look like scoring and last minute of the game is a bitter one to take but we’ll dust ourselves down and it’s another point and the unbeaten run carries on.”

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