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Former England star left baffled by Aaron Ramsdale snub

Chris Sutton has questioned why Aaron Ramsdale was not played ahead of Nick Pope during the international break.


With Jordan Pickford injured, England opted to take Nick Pope, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale and Dean Henderson for their Nations League ties vs Italy and Germany.

To the surprise of many, Pope started both games for the Three Lions.

The Newcastle man looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet. And vs Germany he cost England a goal, spilling a shot into the path of Kai Havertz.

Ramsdale, meanwhile, a player many argue should be challenging Pickford for the no.1 spot, was left on the bench on Monday.

And now, former England striker Chris Sutton described the decision to play Pope ahead of Ramsdale as ‘strange’ given his view that the Arsenal player is ‘better with his feet’.

“I am a big fan of Nick Pope. It’s not his kicking, but for his actual handling. This is a howler.

“The ball just bounced in front of him and down to his left-hand side. It’s a standard catch for a goalkeeper and do hundreds of those every week in training. Shot from [Serge] Gnabry and Pope just spills it. Havertz was alert as ever and prods it in.”

Pickford is now expected to return and be England’s no.1 for the World Cup, but if Gareth Southgate steps down, it seems likely Ramsdale will be finally given a chance by whoever is brought in.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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