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Crystal Palace emerge as contenders to sign Sam Johnstone after he left West Brom on a free... with the stopper keen to play regular football in a bid to make England's World Cup squad

Sam Johnstone is prioritising securing a No.1 role in a bid to boost his England prospects as Crystal Palace emerge as contenders for his signature.

Johnstone was part of England’s squad for last summer’s Euros and is well thought of within the England setup.

However, ahead of the World Cup later this year he has slipped down the pecking order amid competition from Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale to backup Jordan Pickford and been left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest squad for England’s upcoming Nations League fixtures.

Johnstone’s departure from West Brom on a free transfer was confirmed this week after playing 36 Championship games this season.