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Lemina makes "big step forward"
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International round-up: Davis suffers last-gasp defeat
Northern Ireland beaten late on as Austria snatch Nations League points.
International preview: Crunch clash for England
Promotion and relegation on the line for McCarthy and co.
Saints goalkeeper makes his Three Lions bow in friendly victory
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Saints' November international guide
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McCarthy named in latest Three Lions squad
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McCarthy withdraws from England squad
Saints keeper returns to Staplewood as a precaution with a minor injury.
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McCarthy named in England squad
Saints goalkeeper set for October internationals.
Davis nets for Northern Ireland
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Final day of international action for Saints
As many as five Saints players could be in action as the latest international week concludes.
Two Saints feature in Saturday action
Davis and Lemina play duration as McCarthy is made to wait for senior England bow.
McCarthy keen to take England chance
Alex McCarthy hoping to impress on Three Lions duty.
Saints' September international guide
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Eleven Saints earn international calls
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McCarthy earns England call-up
Goalkeeper's fine form rewarded with international recognition.
Feature Interview: Alex McCarthy
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Alex McCarthy Saints HistoryLast updated 16 Jul 2019
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Alex McCarthy BiographyLast updated 04 Jul 2019
Former clubs: Reading, Woking (loan) Aldershot (loan), Cambridge United (loan), Yeovil (loan), Brentford (loan), Leeds (loan), Ipswich (loan), QPR, Crystal Palace.
Guildford-born McCarthy came through the ranks at Reading’s academy where he eventually earned first team football following numerous spells out on loan.
Although often away from his parent club after turning professional, McCarthy was highly regarded by the Royals’ hierarchy, and was initially called up to represent England Under-21s in 2009 before making his first appearance at that level a year later.
He made his football league debut as a 19 year-old with Aldershot Town and completed the 2008/09 season at Brentford.
A season-long loan to Yeovil Town saw him play 44 league games and keep 12 clean sheets. He also faced up to Southampton for the first time towards the end of that campaign where he was on the end of a 1-0 defeat at Huish Park as Lee Barnard scored a late winner against him.
He joined Brentford again in 2010 but soon returned to Reading as understudy to Adam Federici. When Federici picked up an injury at the turn of the year, McCarthy took his chance with a series of impressive performances, but when the Royals’ first choice ‘keeper returned, the youngster went back out on loan the following season.
The first half of the 2011/12 season was spent at Elland Road with Leeds United to cover for injured shot stopper Andy Lonergan. Midway through the campaign, McCarthy moved on to Ipswich Town following Lonergan’s recovery.
Premier League debut
Regular game time saw McCarthy return to Reading for the start of their return to the Premier League and although he was initially second choice to Federici again, the Australian’s loss of form early on in the campaign gave McCarthy an opportunity to stake his claim.
Despite being forced to miss a chunk of the season with a shoulder injury, he came back and produced some outstanding displays towards the end of the campaign including a memorable clean sheet recorded against Liverpool.
His performances earned a call up to the senior England squad during 2013 for friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil, where he first encountered Southampton’s Head of Goalkeeping Dave Watson.
Staying in the Premier League
McCarthy stayed at the club following the R’s relegation back to the Championship, but earned a move back to the Premier League when he was snapped up by Queens Park Rangers following their promotion back to the top-flight.
After one season at Loftus Road, McCarthy moved across London to join Crystal Palace in the summer of 2015, but cut short his time at Selhurst Park to join up with Southampton, and Watson, on a three-year contract following the departure of Paulo Gazzaniga on loan to Rayo Vallecano.
McCarthy's first Saints appearance came in a Checkatrade Trophy clash with Charlton Athletic in August 2016, with his Premier League bow with Southampton coming in December 2017, as he kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw away to Manchester United.
That sparked a consistent spell as the club's number-one keeper, with McCarthy's form in the second half of that campaign so strong that it earned him both the Fans' and Players' Player of the Season prizes at the end of it, while he also signed a new four-year deal with the club in the summer of 2018.