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'He is better': Darren Bent loves £30m Arsenal player but says there's no way he'd ever pick him

'He is better': Darren Bent loves £30m Arsenal player but says there's no way he'd ever pick him

Darren Bent has said that he thinks Aaron Ramsdale is a better goalkeeper than Jordan Pickford, but he still wouldn’t pick him.

England take on Iran tomorrow and it’s pretty nailed on that Pickford will start in goal. The Everton man has been outstanding for Everton and England.

Gareth Southgate called up both Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale as back up and competition for Pickford. Of course, Arsenal’s Ramsdale is top of the Premier League table right now and in fine form.

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But while TalkSPORT’s Darren Bent believes Ramsdale is the better stopper, he still thinks Pickford is the man for England right now.

“Pickford’s never let England down. I pick Pickford. Ramsdale I think, he is a better goalkeeper. But Pickford for England has been brilliant. It would be harsh to leave him out given how good he’s been for England,” Bent said.

Along with Harry Kane, Pickford is considered by many to be one of the first names on the team sheet. His performances in the Euros were exceptional and as it is, there’s no reason to drop him.

Of course, Ramsdale – who signed for Arsenal for £30m – and Pope will be waiting in the wings. And if Pickford does have a nightmare, they’ll be more than ready.

TBR’s View: Ramsdale can help push Pickford

There’s a good element to having so many good goalkeepers in your squad. Pickford is a quality number one but he knows Ramsdale and Pope are excellent and they’ll push him all the way.

For England and Gareth Southgate, this can only be a good thing. Pickford knows he has to be on his toes and that should ensure he puts in some top performances.

Pickford’s form in an England shirt has never been a problem. If he plays well, then England might just exceed expectations once again this tournament.

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