Sam Johnstone Profile

Name Sam Johnstone
Born Mar 25, 1993
Age 29 years
Birthplace Preston, England
Height 6ft 4ins

Sam Johnstone is a goalkeeper who currently plays for Crystal Palace and England. He was named as part of Gareth Southgate’s England Euro 2020 squad.

Sam Johnstone began his career in the Manchester United academy and was with the club for seven years. However, he spent all seven of those seasons on loan at seven clubs across the English Football League.

He joined West Bromich Albion in 2018 and earned a place in the England set-up, making his international debut in 2021.

After four seasons with the Baggies, Johnstone joined Crystal Palace on a free transfer in June 2021.

Everywhere but United

Johnstone joined the Manchester United Academy in the 2010/11 season, but was on his way to Oldham Athletic on a one-month loan the following July. On September 9, 2011, Johnstone hooked up with Scunthorpe United on a similar deal and the loan was extended until January 2012.

In March 2013, Johnstone went to Walsall on loan for the remainder of the season. He kept consecutive clean sheets in his first three games. However, a few months later, Johnstone was moving again, this time to Championship side Yeovil Town. This was for a three-month spell.

His club-hopping continued in January 2014 as he moved to Doncaster Rovers, where he spent a year and played in a total of 28 games across two seasons.

A year after joining Doncaster, Johnstone joined his hometown club, Preston North End, on loan until the end of the 2014/15 season. He kept a clean sheet in the 2015 play-off final against Swindon to help his side earn promotion to the Championship.

The following season, Johnstone was called up by the Red Devils to join them on their pre-season tour of the United States. He played as a second choice keeper and, after rumours of David De Gea going to Real Madrid, Johnstone was named on the bench for the first game of the 2015/16 season against Tottenham Hotspur. After De Gea committed his future to United, Johnstone rejoined North End on loan.

On October 16, 2016, Johnstone extended his contract with Manchester United until June 2018.

On January 5, 2017, Johnstone was on the move again as he joined Championship side Aston Villa on loan until the end of the 2016/17 season. This was extended to cover all of the subsequent campaign too.

Becoming a Baggie

Sam Johnstone

On July 3, 2018, Johnstone left Manchester United and signed a four-year contract with West Bromwich Albion for a reported fee of around £6.5million.

Despite criticism from fans, Johnstone was a rock in goal for the Baggies, particularly in the 2019/20 season when he kept 14 clean sheets to help his side gain automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The club were relegated during the 2020/21 campaign, but Johnstone continued to produce in goal for West Brom.

His fine form earned him the Supporter's Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year, while his work away from the game gained him a PFA Community Champion Award.

Johnstone and England

Johnstone played for England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20 levels, before finally gaining his first full England cap.

He was named in the 21-man squad for England at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his debut in the first game of the tournament and played in all three games as England crashed out in the group stage.

His fine performances for West Bromwich in the 2020/21 season saw Johnstone get called up to the England first team in March. An injury to Nick Pope saw Johnsone named in the 26-man squad for Euro 2020. He made his debut on June 6 in a warm-up match against Romania at the Riverside Stadium.

Johnstone failed to play any minutes at all at Euro 2020, though, with Jordan Pickford firmly in possession of the No. 1 jersey for the Three Lions.

Since Euro 2020, Johnstone has made two World Cup qualifying appearances for England, both against Andorra.

In the second he became the first goalkeeper since Asmir Begovic in 2017 to assist a goal in a World Cup qualifying match, with his throw releasing Jack Grealish for England's fifth and final goal.

Sam Johnstone's personal life

Johnstone comes from a soccer family, with his dad, Glenn Johnstone, having played for Preston North End in the 1990s. His younger brother Max joined the Manchester United youth team before signing for Scottish club St Johnstone in July 2019.

Sam Johnstone's net worth

Johnstone's four-year contract at West Brom was worth £6.7million, which works out at £32,500 a week.

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