Dean Henderson has been backed to usurp Jordan Pickford in the race to be England’s number one in Euro 2020.
After another fine display against Man City in the week, Henderson is once again the talk of the town when it comes to Premier League goalkeepers.
Having already been called up by Gareth Southgate into the England set-up, he is now expected to kick on and secure a place in the Euro 2020 squad.
But as things stand, Southgate is sticking by Everton stopper, Jordan Pickford.
However, England Women’s legend, Sue Smith, thinks that Henderson should now be ahead of Pickford in the pecking order.
“I am massively worried about Jordan Pickford’s form.
“A lot can change over the next few months but if the European Championships started tomorrow, I would have Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson in goal for England’s opening game,” Smith said. (Yorkshire Post).
Henderson has kept eight clean sheets for the Blades in the Premier League this term. That excellent form comes off the back of winning the Golden Glove award in the Championship last term.
And despite acknowledging it’s a team effort when it comes to defending, Smith reserves special praise for Henderson’s ability.
“Clean sheets are a collective effort but I have also been impressed by Henderson’s saves and his concentration. No wonder the Blades are keen to have him back for a third season on loan from Manchester United,” she added.
In with a chance
It would be a minor miracle if Southgate opted against selecting Henderson for his squad at the very least now.
How can he go on ignoring one of the top English goalkeepers in world football at the moment? The simple answer is, he can’t.
Alongside Nick Pope and Pickford, Henderson should complete the trio of stoppers heading to the Euros. If Henderson is not selected, then serious questions need to be asked of the England management.