Sheffield United's on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson reveals England ambitions and how he's adjusted to life in the Premier League
Dean Henderson, the Sheffield United goalkeeper, has kept six clean sheets in the Premier League so far this season – the second-best record in the division, behind Leicester City.
And the on-loan Manchester United man admits his experiences with England have left him desperate for more, after being called up to Gareth Southgate’s squad twice since promotion was secured with the Blades back in April.
“I had some fantastic experiences with England,” he admitted. “That’s keeping keeping me hungry for more, and keeping me motivated, day in, day out, to work hard and hopefully take that No.1 shirt.”
Henderson’s performances this season are doing his chances no harm, although he is the first to acknowledge the contribution of the defenders in front of him; in particular John Egan, Jack O’Connell and Chris Basham.
“They’ve been outstanding,” Henderson said. “A pleasure to watch. I stand there sometimes thinking ‘Jesus, I haven’t touched the ball for 15 minutes and I thought I was going to be peppered today’.
“We’re enjoying every game in the Premier League. It’s a dream to be here so we’ve got to take it all in. Before I know it I’ll be retiring so I’ve got to enjoy every moment and remember everything that happens.”
“The division is improving me for sure,” the 22-year-old added.
“For the first couple of games it was just bedding in, and then you start to feel at home. We've got to take it a game at a time but playing against top players week in, week out can only be a benefit.”