England have been dealt another blow ahead of their friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast at the end of the month as Aaron Ramsdale has joined Trent Alexander-Arnold in withdrawing from the Three Lions Squad.
The Arsenal goalkeeper picked up a hip injury during the first half of his side's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday night, but played on through the rest of the game, making a glaring mistake for the Liverpool opener.
And, while he travelled with the Arsenal squad to Villa Park on Saturday, he played no part in the action, with Bernd Leno once again taking up the gloves as Arsenal's no.1 in their 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
And, after the game, Mikel Arteta confirmed the injury, saying that 'Aaron Ramsdale had a muscle injury and will be out for a few weeks'.
This means that, while is hasn't yet been confirmed, he will almost certainly be withdrawing from Gareth Southgate's squad for the upcoming games, joining Liverpool defender Alexander-Arnold in doing so. No replacements for the pair have yet been named.
Does this affect their World Cup Chances?
Quite possibly, yes. Neither player played a minute during Euro2020, with the Liverpool defender picking up an injury in a warm-up game and Ramsdale being the third-choice goalkeeper at the tournament.
Ramsdale made his England debut against San Marino in November, but Pickford seemingly remains Southgate's no.1. The opportunities that Ramsdale would certainly have had to affect this decision in the upcoming friendlies have now gone.
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Now, England are likely to play only a handful more games before the tournament, and Ramsdale could have a harder time staking his claim to be England's no.1 heading into the World Cup.
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