Brighton's Robert Sanchez could have a choice of countries to represent if his good form continues

Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez is in demand on the international scene, with both England and Spain enquiring about his availability for national selection.

Sanchez has enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Amex, ousting Mat Ryan as the Seagulls’ first choice goalkeeper, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The 23-year-old was born in Spain, but could be available for England through FIFA’s eligibility rules, which state that any player living in a country for 36 consecutive months after their 18th birthday could represent that nation internationally.

Sanchez moved to England as a 15-year-old, when Brighton signed him from Levante’s third team after a successful trial period. The 6’6″ stopper has bided his time on the South Coast, going on loan to Forest Green Rovers and Rochdale before making such an impact in the first team at Brighton that Mat Ryan was allowed to leave on loan to Arsenal earlier this season.

Gareth Southgate doesn’t have the largest pool of English goalkeepers playing regularly in the top flight, and is said to be impressed by the 23-year-old. Spain currently have a wide selection of stoppers, including David De Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Unai Simon, but with Kepa badly out of form, an opening could be on the cards.

Sanchez has never played internationally at any level, but could have a choice of allegiance if his good form continues.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Related posts

Premier League: Brighton v Leicester audio
Brighton hope to move further clear of the bottom three as Leicester visit the Amex on Saturday night
West Brom edge out a controversial 1-0 win over relegation rivals Brighton audio
Sam Allardyce’s West Brom have picked up their first win in eight games as they scrapped out a nonsense 1-0 win over Brighton.
Premier League: West Brom v Brighton audio
Struggling West Bromwich Albion continue their uphill battle for Premier League survival when they entertain Brighton and Hove Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Brighton 1-2 Crystal Palace: Benteke scores dramatic late winner as Palace pinch points audio
Substitute Christian Benteke thumped home a dramatic late volley as Crystal Palace snatched a 2-1 victory at bitter rivals Brighton.
Find your next favourite sport podcast
Athletics Basketball Cricket Fight Sports Football Golf Horse Racing Motor Racing Rugby Tennis
Sport Social: The home of sport