Aaron Ramsdale has revealed there were tears when his dad learned of his World Cup call-up, a special moment for his family.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates following their side's victory in the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on November 12, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates following their side’s victory in the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on November 12, 2022. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

Speaking in a press conference ahead of the World Cup, Aaron Ramsdale reflected on the moment his dad learned of his World Cup call-up.

“There were definitely a few tears shed from him,” Ramsdale said. “If I actually make it on the pitch he might not return home. He might have a heart attack!

“It’s special for family and especially my parents who have driven me up and down the country and around the world. He won’t have any nails left.”

Ramsdale went on to talk about how he feels he’s now reaping the rewards of a difficult start to his career, before adding that he hasn’t achieved anything yet.

“It’s a really good place to be in, especially after the first few years of my career, learning my trade in difficult situations,” Ramsdale said.

“It’s really enjoyable at the minute, and it’s sort of that hard work you reap your rewards for.

“I’m here now and that doesn’t mean anything, to be fair. I’ve got to try and keep going to get into the team and stay here.”

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: John Stones, Jack Grealish and Aaron Ramsdale watch a loose ball during a training session at St Georges Park on October 05, 2021 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND: John Stones, Jack Grealish, and Aaron Ramsdale watch a loose ball during a training session at St Georges Park on October 05, 2021. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

On the one hand, Ramsdale deserves to enjoy where he is at the moment.

After successive relegations and all the criticism he took before joining Arsenal, there’s plenty to be happy about right now.

His team are top of the league, he has eight clean sheets already this campaign, and now there’s a chance he gets to represent England on the pitch at a World Cup.

But on the other hand, he’s right to highlight that the job isn’t finished. If England crash out in the group stages without him playing a game and Arsenal subsequently plummet down the league, it will just feel like an opportunity missed.

All Ramsdale can do now is work hard in training and hope he gets another big break.

As the World Cup takes place in a country where being LGBTQ+ is illegal, please also remember that “Qatari authorities have failed to investigate the deaths of thousands of migrant workers over the past decade, despite evidence of links between premature deaths and unsafe working conditions," according to Amnesty International.

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