As the World Cup fast approaches, a debate that has been doing the rounds for months on end has been who should start in between the sticks for England.
In Jordan Pickford, the Three Lions have a goalkeeper who has delivered in two major tournaments.
Despite heading into both the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020 out of form, the Everton No.1 put any doubts about him to bed by standing tall as one of his nation’s standout performers.
As a result, the general consensus is that Pickford’s starting place should not be in question.
Touching on Aaron Ramsdale, it’s safe to say that he has been England’s most in-form goalkeeper since his move to Arsenal in the 2021/2022 campaign.
The 23-year-old’s incredible ball-playing ability coupled with his excellent shotstopping, and fine performances since last season is why several fans believe he offers the complete package, and should don the gloves for Gareth Southgate’s men in Qatar.
As for Nick Pope, while it is acknowledged how much of a game-changer he has been for Newcastle United since his summer switch, the battle for the No.1 shirt seems to be between Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale.
When talkSPORT asked Ramsdale himself whether he thinks Pickford will start ahead of him, he replied, “I think it’s a difficult one.”
The Arsenal shotstopper continued, “I think, potentially all three ‘keepers have a case to start in that first game in the World Cup. I think all three of us are in very good form. It’s just down to the coaching staff and Gareth [Southgate] ultimately to what he picks.”
“It would be nice to have a few warm-up games to try and show directly what we all can do. So, it’s all down to the luck of the draw but I’ll wait and see then, no matter what it is. “
“It’s a World Cup and it’s my first one, and I’ve got time on my side. It’s that first one, where that experience where being there or helping out, our playing will be amazing.”
With either of Jordan Pickford or Aaron Ramsdale starting for England in Qatar, one can confidently say that the Three Lions will be in good hands.