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.
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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.’