Karl Darlow’s grandfather is former 13 times capped Welsh International Ken Leek who some of us remember when he briefly played for Newcastle and signed for £25K in 1961 but he didn’t stay long and scored 6 goals in 13 appearances for us.
Ken passed away back in 2007 when he was 72 years old.
That relationship allows the Newcastle goalkeeper to play for Wales and in fact it turns out in a report in the Mirror today that he turned down Wales back in 2013.
At that time he put his International future on hold.
Karl Darlow – currently Newcastle number one goalkeeper
Since Rafa arrived at the club Darlow has slowly but surely made himself the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle.
He’s certainly a lot more consistent than the current Welsh International goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who has 65 caps for Wales and plays his club football at the moment at Crystal Palace.
Wayne tends to play extremely well for his country, but he doesn’t seems to have the same form at club level.
The other two goalkeepers in the Welsh squad for Euro 2016 when they did so well and reached the semi-final of that competition were Owain Fôn Williams of Inverness and Danny Ward, the number one goalkeeper at Huddersfield.
Darlow was called up for the game against Austria back in 2013 but turned down the opportunity to join the squad.
Karl has a much better chance of enjoying International football at Wales than with England and he said this about his International career:
“The main aim is international football. I have to keep going and if it happens it happens. I can take care of my own performances.”
Of course before Karl can have an International career he needs another call-up.
He could possible get a call-up from Wales manager Chris Coleman next month?