Sheffield United's Aaron Ramsdale praises Aidy Boothroyd for fostering "family" atmosphere with England U21s

Aaron Ramsdale, the Sheffield United goalkeeper, has praised Aidy Boothroyd for fostering an "adopted family" atmosphere in the England U21 camp - after his on-camera interview was gatecrashed by Everton's Tom Davies.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 12:17 pm

Ramsdale is away on England duty with Boothroyd's men ahead of this month's U21 Euros group stage, where they will face Switzerland, Portugal and Croatia hoping to book their place in the knockout stage this summer.

And as Ramsdale faced the camera for his interview, he was distracted by the sight of Davies' nostrils appearing at the top of the shot.

Ramsdale revealed that England's players call Boothroyd 'Adrian', in the style of Rocky Balboa, adding: "Aidy is a great man and a great manager as well.

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"He's great to have around, you can have a bit of a laugh with him and call him Adrian - do the Rocky voice, 'Adrian!' and stuff.

"We're allowed to give him a bit of stick and he gives us some back.

"He's just a breath of fresh air for everyone who comes to the U21s - the older lads or the younger lads coming into it.

"It's like an adopted family for anybody who comes, and it's testament to him for how hard he works."

Aaron Ramsdale is on England U21 duty (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Ramsdale is joined on England duty by his Bramall Lane teammate Rhian Brewster, while the likes of Mason Greenwood, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Eddie Nketiah are also in Boothroyd's squad.

“I’m excited by this group - not just in their ability but also their togetherness and team spirit - and know they will do everything they can to make the country proud," said Boothroyd.