Blades stopper Dean Henderson is set to be handed an England recall.
The goalkeeper was left out by Gareth Southgate. The England manager opted to select Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, and Tom Heaton ahead of the United ace.
However, an injury to Heaton means he is set to pull out of the squad. According to a report from the Telegraph, that means Henderson is set to be given the nod by Southgate once again.
Henderson was called up in October and made the bench for Southgate’s men. Although he remains behind Jordan Pickford in the battle for the number one jersey, it is widely accepted that he is well liked by Southgate and his coaching staff.
Furthermore, Southgate has watched Henderson on a number of occasions. With that, it would appear the England manager has no qualms about putting the Blades stopper in if needed.
Henderson should have been in this squad anyway. Without disrespect to Heaton, it’s probably a bit of justice that the Blades ‘keeper is going to get his chance again.
He’s kept five clean-sheets this season and up until yesterday, had conceded the least goals in the Premier League.
A mistake from Enda Stevens allowed Heung Min Son to score yesterday. However, Henderson earned his keep in the draw at Spurs. A couple of late saves ensured United came away with a richly deserved point.
A future number one
There’s little doubting Henderson’s ability and all being well, he will eventually become the England number one.
He harbours lofty dreams of being the main man at Old Trafford, too. Although with David De Gea set for an extended stay in Manchester, he might well have to bide his time.
Henderson has a big decision to make come the end of this season. He won’t want to sit on the bench behind De Gea if he’s starting to get England recognition.
Subsequently, the Blades board might well chance their arm in the summer. He will cost a big sum but the chance of landing England’s future number one is something the club won’t want to pass up on.