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Southampton boss Hughes backs McCarthy to supplant Pickford

Southampton manager Mark Hughes believes Alex McCarthy can supplant Jordan Pickford as England's number one goalkeeper.

McCarthy worked his way through the Saints depth chart last season, replacing long time starter Fraser Forster.

Speaking about McCarthy's call-up, Hughes said: "We're delighted with that. I think he deserves it. His fundamentals are very sound.

"He's a big guy but very mobile, very dynamic in his box as well. He's a top level keeper and will push whoever's in possession of the shirt, I'm sure."

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