Watford goalkeeper Stuart Loach has had to do an about-turn from England Under-21 duty in Portugal to join up with Fabio Capello's senior squad for Friday evening's European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria at Wembley.

Loach was in line to win his 13th U21 cap in Barcelos, where on Friday night England will be looking for a victory over the Portuguese to boost their chances of qualifying for next year's finals of their own age-group Euro Championship.

But when West Bromwich Albion keeper Scott Carson dropped out of the senior squad on Thursday morning, an emergency call was sent out to Loach and the 22-year-old stopper boarded the first available plane back home.

The call-up by Capello was the second in quick succession for Loach, who sat on the substitutes' bench as England beat Hungary 2-1 in their friendly international - also played at Wembley - on 11th August.

Loach told football-league.co.uk: "Getting called into the full England squad for the first time was fantastic, and it was a brilliant experience.

"I knew lads like Joe Hart, James Milner and Theo Walcott through being with them in the Under-21's, but everyone in the squad made me feel at home and it was great to be on the bench and at such close quarters to players you watch every week on Match of the Day.

"I wasn't fazed by any of that, though. If I'd been called on to go out there and play in the game I'd have been ready - and that will always be the case if and when I'm a part of the senior squad."

After being handed this second chance to become a member of Capello's squad it is not so much 'if' as 'when' for Loach, who is well deserving of another call-up says his Watford goalkeeping coach Alec Chamberlain.

"Scott's been with us since he was 18," said Chamberlain, "and season after season he's gone on improving. He's got a great attitude and no big ego - he knows he's still got things to learn and I know he'll carry on working as hard as he's ever done.

"He'll be very excited about being in the full England squad again, but he's played at Wembley for the Under-21's so he's not out of his comfort zone in that environment and he won't be in awe of the household names around him in the squad."

Loach was in the England U21 side that beat Portugal 1-0 at Wembley last November and, after collecting a runners-up medal at the 2009 U21 Euro Championship, he would love to take part in next year's finals and hopefully this time go one better.

"We've got a strong squad and everyone is determined to get to the finals," he said. "On a personal level I'd like to get there and make up for losing out to Germany in last year's Final in Sweden.

"We lost 4-0 and I was blamed for a couple of the goals. I got slaughtered by the newspapers, but in a way that was the best thing that's happened to me - in my next two games I played well and they were saying, 'hang on, this kid actually can play.'

"With Watford and with England now, I feel that I'm growing as a player week-in, week-out and hopefully I can carry on doing that for club and country."

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