Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has his sights set on unseating Jordan Pickford for England’s No. 1 jersey for the Qatar World Cup and reveals Euro 2020 was ‘the best weeks of my life’
- Aaron Ramsdale was a late call-up to Gareth Southgate’s team for Euro 2020
- The 23-year-old was called up to the World Cup qualifying rounds with Andorra and Hungary
- But despite being on the team, Ramsdale has yet to earn an international cap.
- Goalkeeper faces competition from Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has set his sights on England’s No. 1 jersey for the 2022 World Cup.
Ramsdale was a late call-up to Gareth Southgate’s team for Euro 2020 after Dean Henderson had to withdraw due to injury.
The 23-year-old was called up for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary earlier this month, but has yet to earn an international cap.
Aaron Ramsdale has set his sights on England’s number 1 jersey for the Qatar 2022 World Cup
But the keeper thinks he can get England number one Jordan Pickford off the posts after his impressive performance with the Gunners after his summer trade from Sheffield United.
Ramsdale’s call-up at the end of the summer gave him a timely boost after a difficult streak that saw him eliminated with England in Euro U21 and relegated with Sheffield.
Speaking about the whirlwind summer, the former AFC Wimbledon loan told League One club website: ‘The lady and I were going to go on vacation and relax. The next thing you know, I’m on the team, I’m part of it and it was some of the best weeks of my life! ‘
Ramsdale faces competition from current No. 1 Gareth Southgate (right), Jordan Pickford (left)
The Three Lions reached the final of the European Championship at Wembley, but suffered defeat to Italy on penalties.
But, despite not appearing in the campaign, Ramsdale still enjoyed the experience and hopes to replicate it in Qatar, this time with him starting in goal.
“I keep saying it was a great party for guys,” he added. “That’s the team spirit we had, and we were just a few steps away from accomplishing something great.
“It’s just an added drive and hunger to do well in the World Cup and I hope I can be a part of that again and hopefully it has to do with a starting role.”
Ramsdale has started Arsenal’s last six Premier League games after replacing Bernd Leno following Arsenal’s 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City and his shooting stop displays have helped Mikel Arteta’s team find their momentum. after a terrible start to the season.
The goalkeeper has started Arsenal’s last six league games, helping him regain his form
But despite impressing domestically, the goalkeeper faces a tough challenge to enter the international stage.
Pickford is the man to get in his way and the Everton keeper is Southgate’s clear favorite with the Three Lions boss glued to him, despite a drop in the form of the Toffees.
While Burnley’s Nick Pope will also look to compete with Ramsdale and Pickford and already has seven caps to his name.