Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale made his long-awaited debut for the Three Lions of England during the World Cup 2022 qualifying clash with San Marino. The Arsenal shot stopper kept a clean sheet as England beat San Marino 10-0 away from home in Group I.
Arsenal shot stopper Ramsdale was added to the England squad as a replacement for Manchester United goal minder Dean Henderson who pulled outof the Euro 2020 tournament due to a hip injury. Ramsdale was one of the 26 players who made the England squad as the Three Lions came close to ending atrophylessrun spanning several decades. He didn’t make an appearance at Euro 2020 as manager Southgate backed Everton player Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal throughout the tournament.
Pickford was in the England goal for all their seven games at Euro 2020, while West Bromgoalkeeper Sam Johnstone and his Arsenal counterpart Ramsdale were reduced to spectators on the England bench.
Arsenal signed Ramsdale from Sheffield United who were relegated from the Premier League last season. Gunners fans were not in agreement with his transfer as he had suffered relegation with Bournemouth and Sheffield United in each of the last two Premier League seasons. Arsenal officials have been vindicated after they ignored the complaints from fans to seal a deal for Ramsdale in a £24m deal. As part of his transfer from Sheffield United to Arsenal, the Gunners will have to pay up to £6m in add-ons if some performance conditions are met.
Since he made his Arsenal debut against West Brom in the Carabao Cup second round, Ramsdale has conceded four goals in nine games in all competitions.