Manchester United goalkeeper Matej Kovar has been called into the Czech Republic senior squad for the first time this week.

The 21-year-old is available for selection in tonight’s friendly against Ukraine.

The call comes on the back of two clean sheets for the Under-21s against Slovenia and Albania and he replaces the injured Tomas Vaclik.

Kovar spent the first half of last season on loan with Swindon Town, before an early termination which he admitted was best for all parties.

He has remained at United since, and made a decent start to this season for the Under 23s.

Kovar has played all three of United’s Under 23 Premier League 2 matches thus far this season. The highlight was saving a penalty from Jake Wakeling of Leicester.

 

The goalkeeper sent a message on Instagram after his first senior call-up, expressing how thrilled he is.

Boosts his profile

The competition to become United’s number one is so fierce, and Kovar has a real battle on his hands.

But this latest call-up boosts his profile and boosts his standing.

As it’s a friendly, he could get a game tonight, as two teams who were beaten by England at Euro 2020 face off.

He’ll hope it’s the first of many caps if he does get on the pitch, and even if he doesn’t, the experience of being in that environment will be great for his development.

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