Southgate should choose Arsenal's Ramsdale for England Euros squad, Arteta says

LONDON: Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale's consistency should earn him a place in Gareth Southgate's squad for the European Championship in Germany, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said ahead of yesterday's Premier League meeting with Brentford.

Ramsdale has played five league games this season compared with all 38 matches last season. But the Englishman lost his starting spot to David Raya after the Spaniard joined Arsenal on loan from Brentford in last year's close season.

Ramsdale is set to start the league game on Saturday as Raya is ineligible to play against his parent club.

"I don't know how Gareth is thinking but if I were placed in that situation, I would judge Aaron not for what he has done in one day but what he has done in the last two or three seasons," Arteta told reporters on Friday.

"He has shown consistency and quality. It would give me no reason to make another decision."

Asked about Ramsdale's lack of minutes, Arteta said: "He is fully prepared, he trains really well every day. He is desperate to play like the rest of the boys who haven't had that many opportunities.

"It's a joy to have two top goalkeepers in the team. One of the toughest things to deal with is for players who don't have the amount of time that they deserve."

Ramsdale has previously expressed frustration over his lack of playing time but noted that some players still made it into the England squad despite similar issues.

England are grouped with Slovenia, Denmark and Serbia at Euro 2024, which begins on June 14. --REUTERS

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