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England Fans Impressed With Aaron Ramsdale After Match Saving Stop

England Fans Impressed With Aaron Ramsdale After Match Saving Stop

The Arsenal number one got the nod from Gareth Southgate ahead of Jordan Pickford for the night and impressed with one brilliant save.

Aaron Ramsdale's first half save was the highlight of England's 1-1 draw with Italy in the Nations League, with some fans calling for him to be the team's number one.

Gareth Southgate's preparation for this winter's World Cup continued on Saturday evening in the third of four Nations League games that people don't really care about.

Having lost to Hungary and needed a late goal to draw with Germany, fans would have been hoping to see a much improved performance for the team, as they looked to get revenge against the team who beat them in the Euro 2020 final last year.

Whilst there were some signs of improvement, the game was lacking an edge, probably due to the lack of fans inside Wolves' Molineux Stadium, aside from a few hundred children.

The biggest moment of quality from the Three Lions came from Ramsdale, as he denied Sandro Tonali with his feet, when it looked certain the European champions would take the lead.

It was a rare start for the Arsenal goalkeeper, with Jordan Pickford usually preferred by Southgate, despite fans having called for him to overtake the Everton keeper for several months.

Pickford's lack of mistakes for the national team, often in contrast with his club team, although not in the second half of the season, usually means that Ramsdale doesn't get too many opportunities.

However, the former Sheffield United keeper was solid throughout and the first half save in particular left some calling for him to keep the gloves going forward.

The failure to win means that Southgate's side haven't picked up a win in three games in-a-row, the last time they had such a poor run was four years ago.

There are some extenuating circumstances, with the Three Lions having one of the tougher groups in the tournament, with even Hungary a decent team.

Games have come at the end of the season and four games together after so much football, when few people care, and the players are ready for their holidays, also isn't great scheduling by UEFA.

Two of the games have also been behind closed doors which, we all know from two years of Covid, tends to produce pretty rubbish football.

Southgate will be determined to end the winning drought on Tuesday, when his side take on Hungary for the second time, in an attempt to avoid relegation from League A of the Nations League.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4/Alamy

Topics: England, Aaron Ramsdale, Jordan Pickford, Italy, UEFA Nations League