Chris Wilder has backed his goalkeeper, Dean Henderson, to get a call into Gareth Southgate’s England squad after his superb display against Norwich City.
The Blades boss was speaking about Henderson after the Blades stopper made a couple of fine saves to keep the Canaries at bay. Henderson’s double save following a Norwich corner was particularly impressive.
And speaking after the game, Wilder insisted that that’s what his goalkeeper is there to do while backing him for an England call.
“That’s what he’s there for! How’s he got man of the match?“, Wilder joked. (BBC Sport)
“He’s got enormous ambition and he wants to be England’s number one. He did what he needed to do today for the football team. If he keeps playing the way he is he gives himself a great opportunity. I’m certain he’ll be in the next England squad at least”.
The shutout for Henderson now means it’s ten clean sheets in the Premier League for the Man United loanee.
His future remains up in the air. With Man United seemingly sticking by David De Gea, it is believed Henderson could seek a move away from Old Trafford. That, of course, could be on a temporary basis once more.
The Blades, then, would no doubt love to take Henderson off the Red Devils’ hands again. Henderson’s only mistake all season came against Liverpool when he gifted Gini Wijnaldum the winning goal at Bramall Lane.
Gareth Southgate cannot ignore Dean Henderson
While Nick Pope is playing well and Jordan Pickford is the current number one, Gareth Southgate simply cannot ignore Henderson anymore.
If he isn’t selected for the next round of games or Euro 2020, it will be bordering on a travesty. The 22-year-old has proven himself among the league’s best this term. Having worked his way through the leagues, Henderson is finally cutting his cloth at the highest level.
His performance yesterday was that of a man who is going on to bigger and better things. England, then, simply has to be the next stop for him.