'He's making worldies' – Jordan Pickford reacts to Arsenal star Aaron Ramsdale fighting for his England No1 spotNovember 11, 2021
JORDAN PICKFORD is 'delighted' Aaron Ramsdale is pushing for his England spot by 'making worldies'.
Ramsdale's stunning form between the sticks since joining Arsenal means he could make his senior international debut at home to Albania on Friday or, more likely, at San Marino on Monday.
And ahead of those two decisive World Cup qualifiers, Pickford believes the whole nation wants to see a serious fight for the No1 spot.
The Everton star, 27, has been the regular choice during the five-year reign of Three Lions' chief Gareth Southgate.
But 23-year-old Ramsdale has surprised many by shining so quickly for the Gunners after his £32million switch from relegated Sheffield United.
Pickford told the BBC: "He’s a great lad, Rammers, and I’m delighted that he’s flying.
"I see the games and he’s making worldies against Leicester!
"But that’s what you want. He’s your team-mate, he’s your friend.
‘You don’t want them not going well, you want them to be in a good moment.
"I think that’s what we all want as a nation – people doing well for each other."
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West Brom stopper Sam Johnstone, 28, has three caps and is reportedly wanted by Tottenham, but he now appears to be only Southgate's third-choice.
Pickford, though, insists the Three Lions' keepers have a three-for-all approach.
He said: "Definitely the same for Sam. We’re playing for one badge, which is England.
‘We get on really well, we train really hard and we push each other in training. And it just brings out the best of us.
"If we play or we don’t play we’re going back to our clubs having a successful week with England and being in the right frame of mind when we’re at our clubs."
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