Brendan Rodgers names Arsenal star as the best in the England

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as the best English goalkeeper.

Rodgers’ side were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal in Sunday’s Premier League meeting at the Emirates, Ramsdale keeping a clean sheet and earning huge praise for one first-half save from Harvey Barnes.

There were major question marks over Arsenal’s move to sign Ramsdale last summer, with the keeper having suffered back-to-back relegations with Bournemouth and Sheffield United.

But, the 23-year-old has put those doubts to bed with a number of superb performances and with Gareth Southgate preparing to name his England squad for this month’s international break, there is a feeling he could challenge Jordan Pickford for the Three Lions’ No1 jersey ahead of the World Cup.

“For me he’s the best English keeper at the moment. I think he’s top,” said Rodgers.

“His progression since he came to Arsenal, he’s playing for a huge club, different expectation with how to play football, I think he’s dealt with that really well.

“It looks like he’s come into the club here, he’s playing now with a calmness. We saw him earlier this season and he was jumping about, but now he’s got a really nice calmness to his game.

“He plays well with his feet, he makes saves, his save from Barnes looked in all the way, that was a great save and it kept Arsenal in front.”

When asked about Ramsdale’s save, Mikel Arteta said: ‘He made a great save with Harvey Barnes’ header in a crucial moment when we were 1-0 up.

‘That’s when you need your goalkeeper to come out and get you out of trouble, and he certainly did it today.’


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