West Brom news: 6 ft 4 Baggies star delivers rarely-seen 'phenomenal' moment


Journalist Luke Hatfield has described Sam Johnstone's assist for England against Andorra on Saturday as "phenomenal".

The Baggies goalkeeper, making just his third appearance for the Three Lions, hurled a wonderful throw forward for Jack Grealish, who did the rest to complete the 5-0 rout for Gareth Southgate's side.

What happened against Andorra?

Just more than five weeks since England beat the minnows 4-0 at Wembley, they travelled to the east Pyrenees to face the side ranked 154th in the world and were expected to come away with another convincing victory.

Any potential nerves were settled when Ben Chilwell thumped home his first England goal early on before Bukayo Saka put the result beyond doubt before half-time.



Southgate's team continued after the break and raced into a 4-0 lead after Tammy Abraham prodded home before James Ward-Prowse scored from the rebound after his spot-kick had been saved.

But England saved the best goal until last and owed plenty to the quick-thinking of Johnstone.
Having easily claimed an Andorran free-kick, the Baggies shotstopper decided against holding onto the ball and seeing out the victory. Instead, he showed great awareness to hurl forward a 50-yard throw to set Grealish away and he raced away, composed himself and then slotted into the bottom corner to hand Johnstone the first ever assist of his career.

Despite coming against lowly opposition, Hatfield was thrilled for the Baggies keeper, who kept up his 100 percent record for the Three Lions and is still yet to concede in just under five hours of action.

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What did Hatfield say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "It's not something we've seen too often from Sam, but it was a phenomenal assist.

"The length of that throw, I don't know too many people that can throw a football half the length of the pitch and so accurately is amazing to see.

"Obviously, England are expected to beat Andorra comfortably, but to see such a feat from a goalkeeper that isn't first-choice for England."

Will Johnstone get further chances for England?

He finds himself in a difficult situation at present. Jordan Pickford is clearly the number one and is guaranteed to start in any meaningful game in the near-future.

However, England travel to San Marino in their last World Cup qualifier in the final international break of the year next month, so there's every chance Johnstone wins cap number four in Serravalle.

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