Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal’s reliable shot-stopper, wants to take Everton’s Jordan Pickford coveted goalkeeping position for England come Euro 2024.
In the recent friendly against Scotland, Ramsdale made his mark in the Three Lions’ starting eleven.
Although an unfortunate Harry Maguire own goal marred the opportunity for a clean sheet, the goalkeeper was solid throughout the match, albeit not tested to his limits by any stretch of the imagination.
Reflecting on his performance, Ramsdale expressed satisfaction, especially considering it was his first international start since the 4-1 setback against Hungary in June 2022.
The Arsenal custodian confessed, “I have had to be patient as Jordan has played extremely well and, when Nick [Pope] has played, he has done well,” Ramsdale said. “I chose the position, I know the territory and only one person can play.”
However, Ramsdale’s recent performances for Arsenal have boosted his confidence. He’s now convinced, “without a shadow of a doubt”, that he’s evolved significantly since his last appearance for England.
He added, “Back then, I had only played 34 times for Arsenal in the Premier League,” he said. “Now, as a club, we have been developing a whole new way of playing.
Drawing attention to his experience, he elaborated, “I have been in the England squad a year and have better relationships with people on the pitch. The whole package is better for me.”
His determination is palpable, as he confessed his aspirations: “I’d be lying to say I would not want to be number one at the Euros – but I know how tough it is going to be.”