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Legacy Number
25 March 1993 (31YRS)
6FT 4" (193cm)
Preferred foot
Place of birth
Preston, England
Current club
Crystal Palace FC
England debut
Senior Caps
Senior CleanSheets

Grassroots club: Euxton Villa
County FA: Lancashire

Sam Johnstone won his first England senior call-up in March 2021, after some scintillating displays for West Bromwich Albion during their Premier League campaign in 2020-21.

He went on to make his senior debut against Romania in June 2021 and kept a clean sheet in the process during a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium.

The Preston-born stopper had been on the international radar long before that though, having picked up caps at U16, U17, U19 and U20 level while he was coming through the ranks at his first club, Manchester United.

During those years, he became a U17 EURO champion in 2010, helped the MU19s to reach a EURO semi-final two years later and then play in a FIFA U20 World Cup in 2013.

On a domestic front, Johnstone moved away from Old Trafford to get the first-team chances he wanted and impressed in loan spells with Doncaster Rovers, his hometown club Preston North End and Aston Villa before he made a permanent switch to West Brom in 2018. 

He's since established himself as one of the best English goalkeepers having helped the Hawthorns club win promotion back to the top flight in 2019-20 before excelling in his first full season in the Premier League.

Despite West Brom's relegation to the Championship, his impressive performances secured him a spot in England's EURO 2020 squad.

You can read Sam Johnstone's grassroots story here.

Video Highlights

27 Mar 2021 16:49

Pope, Henderson & Johnstone in training

Nick Pope, Dean Henderson and Sam Johnstone master the brilliant basics of positioning and handling in an intense session with England goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson at St. George's Park.