Lincoln City goalkeeper Paul Farman can be an England number one, says Gary Simpson
Lincoln City goalkeeper Paul Farman may have missed out on a call-up to the England C squad, his boss Gary Simpson does not believe he is far away from getting the nod.
The former Gateshead stopper has been selected for the side before, but is yet to get his gloves dirty on international duty.
This week he was omitted from the squad which will take on Lativia U23s in September.
England C boss Paul Fairclough named 12 new players in his squad, but Simpson is confident Farman and possibly other Lincoln players could be in contention further down the line.
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“I’ve been there and played there in it, and it’s a fantastic honour,” said Simpson.
“At the end of the day, Farman has conceded two goals this season.
“I think that if the lads keep playing like they do then one or two of them will be pushing for a place. The lads have to keep doing what they are doing.”
Fairclough is currently looking at his options ahead of next year’s Internation Challenge Trophy fixtures against Slovakia, Turkey and Estonia.
“While it does appear to be a long wait until the Slovakia match, this does give me the opportunity to look at a number of new faces and I will be taking 12 new players to Latvia,” said Fairclough.
“We also have a home friendly in November against the Czech Republic U21 side which will be another tough test.
“By the time we get to the March friendly I will have a good idea of who will form the basis of the squad going into what will be three very competitive ICT matches.
“We beat Estonia 1-0 a couple of years ago and we have a score to settle with Turkey after our semi-final loss in February.
“The opening fixture in Slovakia will be interesting as it will be the first meeting between the sides in this competition.”
Squad in full
Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town)
Mitchell Walker (Dover Athletic)
Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town)
Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town)
Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth)
Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers)
Daniel Andrew (Macclesfield Town)
Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town)
Keanu Marsh-Brown (Barnet)
Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United)
Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United)
Luke Berry (Cambridge United)
James Armson (Nuneaton Town)
Jake Hyde (Barnet)
Matt Taylor (Forest Green Rovers)
James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers)