Southgate about being England’s number one


Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, acknowledging that he is giving Jordan Pickford a chance as England’s starter.

Since moving to the Emirates last summer in a £ 30million deal that received much criticism, Ramsdale has been in sensational form, with his introduction to the team coinciding with a seven-match unbeaten streak that has also yielded four zeros.

It was the latest of those shutouts, the 2-0 win over Leicester City, where Ramsdale really caught the eye. He pulled out excellent save after excellent save, which made Southgate make him England’s number one.

“First of all, it’s great for him,” Southgate admitted (via after appointing Ramsdale to his latest squad. “This is the third squad he is in, he had the summer with us.

“We were impressed with what he did during the summer and he started very well with Arsenal, at this stage of the season there is still a fairly small selection of matches but we are really happy with what he does and how he plays and his distribution with his feet are a special bonus in the way they play at Arsenal and the skills he has.

“So I think there’s a fight going on. We have competition for places and we need competition places in every position. Aaron and Sam [Johnstone] will definitely provide it to Jordan. “

Ramsdale have not yet made their debut for England but can expect a few minutes during the upcoming break, when the Three Lions will face Albania and San Marino in the World Cup qualifiers.

He will probably have forced himself into the chopping block ahead of Sam Johnstone, who has done well for Championship high-flyers West Bromwich Albion this season, and a start in the San Marino match is not out of the question.

Southgate also released midfielder Ben White as one of several players on the squad’s frontier, praising the young player for settling well at Arsenal.

“Fikyo [Tomori] was with us last time and we have taken back Harry Maguire and gone with the four midfielders who did so well for us during the summer “, he explained.

“Ben White is starting to get better now at Arsenal. Fikayo in Milan. [Marc] Guehi. Joe [Gomez], we know, we love, he’s obviously had a small injury, but I’m sure he will get the game back, and we know he can play at that level, and he’s obviously someone we’ve worked with a lot. close and who we love.

“Everyone is pushing. I think there is still a step for many of them in consistency, and many of these boys are young defenders, they are learning their profession, so they will not be perfect. But on the whole we are not perfect for the moment anyway.

“We have to keep improving. And there are 12 months left, if we qualify, 12 months where there will be real competition for places. And we’ve seen over the last 12 months how fast some young players can get through. “

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