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McDonald hopes to retain England place
10:38am Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
BRAINTREE Town keeper Nathan McDonald hopes he has done enough to earn his place in the England C team’s next international outing in November.
The Iron shotstopper came on as a second-half substitute in England’s friendly encounter in Latvia. And while the Three Lions lost the game 1-0, no goals were conceded on McDonald’s watch.
It was his second appearance for the England C team, which is made up soley of under-23 players operating outside the Football League following his debut in their International Challenge Trophy match in Russia last year.
McDonald said he would have appreciated more of a chance to showcase his talents to the watching England coaching staff in his latest outing, but hopes he has done enough to figure in the team to face the Czech Republic on November 19.
He said: “It was a great experience again and to keep a clean sheet tops it off.
“I didn’t have too much to do, but I think I did well enough in the things I did have to do.
“In our debrief the day after (England C goalkeeping coach) Mick Payne said I had done well, so that was pleasing to hear.
“To come away from any game with a clean sheet is good, but it would have been nice to have had something more to do to show what I’m capable of.
“There is another game coming up in November and I hope that I’ve done enough to get picked for that.
“They are only friendly games, but the manager (Paul Fairclough) is using them to pick his team for the International Challenge Trophy next year and wants to get a look at people, so hopefully I will be involved again.”
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