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Aston Villa: Omar Iqbal claims starlet Aaron Ramsey being ‘fast-tracked’ for England youth setup 

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Podcast host Omar Iqbal has claimed that Aston Villa Aaron Ramsey is being ‘fast-tracked’ for the England national youth setup. 

The 18-year-old made his debut early on this season, coming off the bench when the Villans thrashed Barrow 6-0 in the Carabao Cup. In what has been a season of firsts for the teenager, he was also promoted into the England under-21 side earlier this month, though he has yet to appear on the pitch at that level.

While speaking about the player on the Villa View podcast, Iqbal claimed that a coach within the national youth team claimed they have ‘massive hopes’ for Ramsey.

He said (49:36): “Aaron Ramsey is highly thought of in the England setup. I was speaking to a coach who’s involved in the England setup and they’ve got massive hopes for Aaron Ramsey apparently. Which you’ve sort of seen, obviously, with him being called up to, I think it was the under 21s, wasn’t it?”

He then concluded: “Fast-tracked, yeah. So we’ll see, we’ll see.”

TIF thoughts on Aaron Ramsey and Aston Villa…

The 18-year-old has seemingly impressed at academy level for both the Aston Villa U18 and U23 teams, claiming a combined 21 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances for the sides and so he may well feel confident that there is a pathway to first-team football for him at Villa. As mentioned before, he made his debut in a cup match this season, but the Englishman may also look at his brother Jacob Ramsey for inspiration.

Will Jacob Ramsey be a regular start for Aston Villa this season?

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The older sibling (by two years) has already played in three of Villa’s four league games so far this season and claimed 27 appearances across all competitions last campaign.

It’s early days yet, but the brothers could well feature on the same pitch together sooner rather than later.

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