Carl Fletcher believes Bournemouth shot stopper Aaron Ramsdale is ready to challenge Jordan Pickford as England’s number 1.
Ramsdale has been a shining light in what has been a dire few weeks for Eddie Howe’s men. The South Coast club have picked up just one win in their last five outings, most recently losing at home to Arsenal seeing them crash out of the FA Cup at the 4th round stage.
In Bournemouth’s most recent victory, a 2-1 win at The Vitality against Aston Villa Ramsdale pulled off a number of key saves to help his side secure three points. He was also controversially not sent off after accidentally punching Brighton sub Björn Engels.
Ramsdale made his debut in the sticks on the opening day against Sheffield United and has featured 23 times since.
He is also one of the few Premier League keepers to have registered an assist this season, when his long ball found Callum Wilson during the Cherries in their win over Southampton at St Mary’s.
Ramsdale has not been short of praise this campaign, but Carl Fletcher went further when speaking to Love Sport Breakfast and revealed he thinks the keeper is ready for country as well as club.
“He’s great, he’s a really good character. I think we are really lucky, we’ve got two young ones in Aaron and Mark Travers.”
“Both similar ages, both very good goalkeepers pushing each other all the way. Aaron will say himself he’s had a couple of loans that have really helped him progress and put him in good stead going into this season, He’s a character, he’s got an infectious personality. He’s a good goalie.”
With Jordan Pickford cutting an out of form figure, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson have been the two names constantly cited as a potential replacement to dislodge the Everton keeper. Yet Fletcher thinks Ramsdale’s name should also be mentioned.
“From my point of view, I think he should be in the England squad. I know he’s had time with the younger age groups but his performances have been really good, his consistency has been really good and credit to him as he has worked hard to get where he is.”
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