Sheffield United's Dean Henderson tipped for Euro 2020 spot as pundit insists goalkeeper ‘won't go back to Manchester United's reserves again'
Sheffield United's Dean Henderson has been tipped for Euro 2020 spot after a leading pundit insisted the goalkeeper ‘won't go back to Manchester United's reserves again'.
Henderson has been a consistent presence in the original United’s Premier League side this season, missing only one game – against his parent club, because of the terms of his loan agreement.
The young stopper is now in his second season on loan at Bramall Lane and has helped Chris Wilder’s Blades to eighth in the Premier League – just a point off Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Red Devils in fifth.
Henderson will make his latest top-flight appearance this weekend when the Blades travel to Crystal Palace, with a spot in England’s Euro 2020 squad this summer on the horizon after Tom Heaton of Aston Villa suffered a season-ending injury.
Gareth Southgate has been at Bramall Lane a number of times this season to watch Henderson, who has twice been drafted into the senior squad after injuries to Heaton and is thought to have impressed in training.
And Tony Cascarino, the former Chelsea striker, believes Henderson should be on the plane this summer with Southgate’s men.
He said: “I admire Dean Henderson greatly. Here is a young goalkeeper who was at Manchester United, but waiting for a chance was not good enough. He wants to be an England goalkeeper. He had to be playing, so he went on loan to Sheffield United, and is now attracting huge praise for his performances in the Premier League.
“Henderson wants to play every week and he wants to play for England. Gareth Southgate may be tempted to give him a chance on his form. In any case, I can’t see Henderson going back to the reserves in Manchester again.”
Henderson signed a new long-term contract at Old Trafford in the summer, before Red Devils No.1 David De Gea did likewise. The Spaniard is thought to earn around £350,000 a week at Old Trafford; so would realistically have to move on for Henderson to establish himself as Solskjær’s No.1.