Coventry City goalkeeper Marko Marosi earned rave reviews during his first season at the club.
The 26-year-old swapped Doncaster Rovers for the Sky Blues in the summer of 2019, hoping that the switch would strengthen his ambitions to play at the highest level possible in his burgeoning career.
It turned out to be an excellent decision as the Slovakia-born keeper helped Mark Robins’s men to the League One title and promotion to the second tier of English football.
As well as being able to test himself at the higher level, Championship football also opens up other doors, not least the possibility of playing international football.
“The lads are always asking me when am I getting a call up,” said the popular City stopper who, like his teammates, has made an encouraging start to the new campaign.
“I know you have to be in the Championship minimum to get a call but they have still got some good players in the national squad.
”Slovakia have been in action during the international break, progressing past the Republic of Ireland in the Euro 2020 qualifiers last week to set up a play-off clash with Northern Ireland in Belfast next month, while also playing two UEFA Nations League games against Scotland, which they lost 1-0 on Sunday, ahead of Wednesday night’s match against Israel.
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As well as veteran Dusan Kuciak, of Lechia Gdansk, who played against Scotland at the weekend, Marosi also has compatriots Dominik Greif of Slovan Bratislava, Marek Rodak of Fulham and Newcastle United’s Martin Dubravka ahead of him in the current pecking order.
“It would be nice but I am not counting on it,” said Marosi, who has represented his country’s Under-21s on one occasion, back in 2014.
“I am just concentrating on Coventry City, and if it comes it comes and I’d obviously be very proud to represent my country.”