Rohan Luthra's historic appearance for Cardiff

Last updated : 14 March 2023 By Sky Sports

England youth international Rohan Luthra's historic appearance for Cardiff in Saturday’s game away at Preston North End has been described as "magnificent news".


The 6ft 5in Punjabi stopper came off the bench in added time for his senior debut in English football, becoming the first goalkeeper to come out of Britain's South Asian community ever to play in the Sky Bet Championship.

With Cardiff trailing in added time, Luthra replaced forward Mark Harris after goalkeeper Jak Alnwick was given his marching orders for taking out Tom Cannon when trying to make a clearance.

Luthra, 20, has been stepping up his return from injury and was only on the bench at Deepdale because Cardiff's other goalkeeper Ryan Allsop was serving a one-match suspension after he was sent off in the win against Bristol City last week.

Goals from Cannon and Ched Evans earned Preston a 2-0 win to keep their slim play-off hopes alive.

Cardiff manager Sabri Lamouchi said after the game: "It's unbelievable, two games in a row, two red cards for the goalkeeper."

In the summer of 2021, Sky Sports News exclusively revealed Luthra was leaving Crystal Palace after more than a decade at the south London club, before breaking the news that he was set to join Cardiff City.

West Londoner Luthra, who is the first British South Asian ever to sign a Premier League deal as a goalkeeper, is a former Whitgift School pupil and played alongside England internationals Bukayo Saka and Callum Hudson-Odoi at junior level before making his debut in goal for Crystal Palace's U-18s, aged just 15.

"This is another piece of magnificent news for British South Asians in football in 2023," Jas Batt, England technical talent coach, told Sky Sports News.

"They will be celebrating this one from Wales to west London and all the way to the Wagah border, and beyond!

"Rohan is someone everyone from a South Asian background can be proud of. He's a multi-talented sportsman from a very good family, who has been an elite-potential talent for a long time.

"I'm sure I can speak on behalf of everybody across the community when I say that we are all very proud of him."

A spokesperson for official Three Lions supporters' club Apna England told Sky Sports News: "This is a moment for both the football family and the wider South Asian community, in England and beyond, to rejoice.

"Everyone is desperate to see better representation across the 'beautiful game' and Rohan making history will give a lot of people from different backgrounds plenty of hope for the future.

"Rohan has represented his country with distinction at junior level and as an official England fans' group we'd like to offer our support and heartiest congratulations to Rohan, his family and everyone associated with Cardiff City Football Club."