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Ramsdale - Winning with England the best you can get

Aaron Ramsdale with the European Championship trophy in Gori, Georgia.

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Aaron Ramsdale shared his elation after England under-19s secured the European Championship title on Saturday.

The silverware followed a 2-1 final win over Portugal in Gori, Georgia, to cap a stunning tournament performance from Ramsdale's Three Lions.Β 

Β "The last half an hour or so was all a blur," said the AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper. "When the final whistle went I don't remember much except hugging everyone.

"I'm just elated, we've just won something with England and that's the best you can get; the next step is to try and win something with the older ages."

Ramsdale conceded just two goals in England's five tournament matches, all wins, and played every minute as the under-19s claimed the trophy.

The 19-year-old says the squad knew they were a strong side going int the tournament and spoke about what was needed to earn their success.

"We've got so much confidence as a group," he said. "From the qualifiers in March, when we blew away Norway and Spain, that's when we started focusing on the fact that we could do something here.

"We knew how tough it would be but it shows how good we've been as a team and how much depth we've got."

"We've gone to the end in every game of this tournament and ground out results when we've needed to."

After being in first-team squad with the Cherries after signing from Sheffield United in the January transfer window, Ramsdale is looking towards the next stage of his progression.

"It was a chance for me to use this as a stepping stone for next season, to catch the eye of my manager at Bournemouth," he explained.

"It's just all been exciting, if I didn't make the saves then we wouldn't have got to where we are so I'm over the moon."

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