Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been called into the England squad to replace Dean Henderson this summer.
Former Blades loanee Henderson has a hip problem. The Manchester United man was taken as second choice behind Jordan Pickford.
However, he’s now had to withdraw, allowing United goalkeeper Ramsdale to take his place in the Three Lions’ squad.
It caps off a remarkable turnaround season for ‘Rambo’. The stopper was criticised heavily in the early part of the season. Indeed, I even wrote on here at the time how we were worried about his performance levels.
But like so many Blades, I’m happy to have been proven wrong. Ramsdale was outstanding from the turn of the year. His form, at times, was outstanding. He is, then, fully deserving of this call-up by England.
Ramsdale a quality goalkeeper who just needed time
I’ll admit, there was times when I seriously questioned Ramsdale. In the early part of the season, I felt he looked nervous, edgy, and every game seemed to have some sort of error from him. At the time, it wasn’t exactly an innaccurate obversation.
Thankfully, Ramsdale has rammed those words down my throat. He looked calm and assured in the final months of the season. His reflexes and ability to make game-changing saves was impressive, too.
In fact, I’d go as far as to say that United wouldn’t have got those three wins under Heckingbottom, were it not for Ramsdale.
This turnaround and subsequent call into the England set-up is deserved. It shows the character of the Blades star. It also highlights just how important keeping him is going to be.
Spurs and Wolves are already said to be sniffing. If they want him, then they’ll have to pay big money. The fact he is in the England squad now, only strengthens United’s case for demanding more cash.
For now, though, all I can do is congratulate Ramsdale, eat a bit of humble pie, and wish him all the best if he gets his chance in the next few weeks.