England duo Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka set to face Arsenal teammate

Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) /

England kick off their EURO qualifiers tonight. The first match they play will be against Italy, ironically the team they last faced in EURO competition as the Three Lions lost on penalties in the final, with Arsenal starboy missing the deciding penalty.

Since then, though, Saka has rose to stardom astronomically. He, alongside Arsenal teammate Aaron Ramsdale, are a large reason why the Gunners are at the top of the Premier League. Both have produced moments of brilliance from both ends of the pitch to pick up points.

I have predicted that both Arsenal men will start in the match against Italy tonight. However, they’ll come up against their domestic teammate, Jorginho, who is likely to play for Brazil.

It’s not the first time Saka and Ramsdale have faced Jorginho. Until only January, Jorginho represented bitter rivals Chelsea – but we won’t mention that. Jorginho is another player who put in a spectacular moment to Arsenal’s title challenging journey, forcing an impressive own goal against former Arsenal shot-stopper Emi Martinez (much to the pleasure of Ramsdale, I’m sure).

Italy aren’t quite the team they were when they last faced England. So much so, they couldn’t even qualify for the recent World Cup. With that being said, they’ll be hungry to make it up to their fans by securing qualification for the EUROs.

Jorginho has won everything there is to win in football. This is something that Ramsdale praised his teammate for in a recent press conference.

I’m sure that all Arsenal loyalties will be put to one side when the whistle blows tonight. International football is a different ball-game and pride is involved, especially when Italy and England who have history come together.

For a full list of Arsenal players playing in the current international break, click here.

Who do you think will win the battle tonight – Will it be Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka’s England, or Jorginho’s Italy?