Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has given an explanation as to why Jordan Pickford is ahead of Aaron Ramsdale in the England Team.
THE LOWDOWN: RECENT DEBUT
Aaron Ramsdale has enjoyed a meteoric rise in his career since his debut with Bournemouth in the Premier League some seasons ago. He has gone on to play for Sheffield United before their relegation and was immediately snapped up by Arsenal just last summer.
The Englishman, who spent some time as Bernd Leno’s deputy for a while, has now become the undisputed number one under Mikel Arteta at the Emirates.
His fine performance led to his first cap for the Three Lions last year and since then, he has been a regular in the National Team.
THE LATEST: “THE DIFFERENCE”
Paul Robinson believes Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale is slightly behind Jordan Pickford because the Everton goalkeeper is a far better ball-playing shot-stopper.
Without any doubt, Pickford’s position as Three Lions’ number is undisputed, and former England and Tottenham number one Robinson has claimed that his ability to use his feet more is the only difference.
“Aaron Ramsdale, Dean Henderson with their feet, are not as good as Jordan Pickford, no. And it’s something that he’s had to work on and he’s worked very hard on it,” Robinson said via Football Daily.
THE VERDICT: INCORRECT STATEMENT
Only a few goalkeepers in the Premier League can use their feet better than Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale. The former Sheffield United man has been able to churn out fine performances in recent seasons but only needs to find some consistency.
However, the choice of Pickford as number one is simply down to preference and sentiment. In a recent piece by Football365, Pickford was ranked sixth, while Ramsdale was among the top four ball-playing goalkeepers in the league.
On his day, Ramsdale is also one of the finest shot-stoppers in the league and quite commanding in his area. He will have his eyes set on the World Cup in Qatar and hopefully, he will get to play some minutes for Gareth Southgate’s side.