Sheffield United: Former Blade receives international recognition

Aaron Ramsdale has been called-up by England under-21's for the Toulon Tournament
Aaron Ramsdale has been called-up by England under-21's for the Toulon Tournament

Former Sheffield United goalkeeper and Chestefield loanee Aaron Ramsdale has been included in the England under-21 squad that will attempt to complete a hat-trick of Toulon Tournament wins later this month.

Ramsdale, now of AFC Bournemouth, is one of two goalkeepers selected by coach Aidy Boothroyd for a competition which pits the Young Lions against China, Mexico and Qatar in the group stage.

England have lifted the Maurice Revello trophy for the past two summers and Boothroyd said: “The Toulon Tournament is one that we are all looking forward to and we’ll be playing some really good and tough global opposition.

“As the tournament rules only allow players born in 1997 and younger, it means that we have the chance to look at some of our players from the under-20’s and see how they develop in this group.”

“Everything we do is focused on next summer’s Euros and qualification,” he added. “So we will use our time in France to look at different systems and use players in different positions.

“It is also a great chance to replicate a major tournament environment and schedule.”