Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale praised by England legend

Aaron Ramsdale has been described as “fearless” by a former England legend, having overcome adversity to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s European Championships squad.

The Sheffield United goalkeeper was an unused substitute during last night’s draw with a Scotland side which included his Bramall Lane team mate John Fleck among its replacements.

Having progressed through United’s youth system before moving to AFC Bournemouth, Ramsdale made a chequered start to his second spell with the South Yorkshire club following an £18.5m move back north last summer.

Although he was unable to prevent them being relegated from the Premier League, a series of superb performances during the second-half of the season saw Ramsdale named as United’s player of the year before being called-up for the tournament when Dean Henderson was forced to withdraw through injury.

Aaron Ramsdale with England before the European Championships began: Darren Staples / Sportimage

Commenting on Ramsdale’s rise, Alan Shearer, who scored 30 times in 63 appearances for his country, said: “He’s already got a wealth of experience at the top level. He’s got the fifth most appearances by a ‘keeper under 23 in Premier League history.

“For me, Ramsdale, he’s got lots of potential. He’s strong, he’s got the agility to stop shots from distance and he’s fearless, putting his body on the line from close range.”

After reporting for duty last week, Ramsdale is continuing to train with England at St George’s Park ahead of their final group encounter against the Czech Republic. Despite being frustrated by the Scots, Southgate’s men are still well placed to reach the knockout stages.

DARLINGTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: John Fleck (L) and Ryan Christie during a Scotland training session at Rockliffe Park, on June 11, 2021, in Darlington, England. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)