Ramsdale reveals holiday destination in England’s last big tournament

FORMER Cherries keeper Aaron Ramsdale has revealed he was at Ayia Napa with friends the last time England played in a major tournament.

The Stoke-on-Trent-born goalkeeper was climbing the ranks at the Dorset club when England reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia in 2018.

Now part of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for Euro 2020, Ramsdale admits he’s looking to capture the imagination of a nation with England looking to see the tournament through.

When asked what he was doing during England’s run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, Ramsdale told Sky Sports: “I was in Ayia Napa with my friends! We watched the first two games there and it was just amazing.

“The feeling it gave us watching it, really everyone says it brought the country together and I felt it because I was watching it on the big screen.

“I hope now I can be part of this team and we can do it again.”

Ramsdale joined Cherries from Sheffield United for an initial £ 800,000 in January 2017 before returning to Bramall Lane last summer for £ 18.5million.

He made 37 appearances for Cherry in his breakthrough Premier League campaign in 2019-2020.

Sheffield United star Ramsdale was recruited earlier this month from the England squad to replace Dean Henderson, who has stepped down with a hip injury.

Southgate’s side face Germany at Wembley on Tuesday for a place in the last eight.

When asked if he thought three years ago that he had a chance to be with the England squad now, the goalkeeper gave a candid assessment.

“To be honest, no,” he admitted.

“I thought that this summer, if obviously COVID was not there, then I was obviously going to play for the under-21s at this Euro.

“Obviously it was in my favor that we played in March and we were unfortunately eliminated but that was my goal, my goal was to win the tournament with the U21s and unfortunately that didn’t happen.

“But now I’m standing here and I’m quite happy that it turned out this way.”

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