What former Tottenham Hotspur striker said about Sheffield United star's England chances

The football season may have come to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, but talk about Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson being England’s number one goalkeeper shows no sign of abating.

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 7:15 pm

Henderson – on loan from Manchester United for a second successive season – has been in fine form during the Blades’ first campaign back in the Premier League since 2007.

He has kept 10 clean sheets for Chris Wilder’s side, the joint highest in the Premier League along with Liverpool’s Brazilian star Alisson, leading to calls for him to replace Jordan Pickford as Gareth Southgate’s preferred stopper.

And speaking about the England goalkeeping situation on Wednesday, former Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Darren Bent said the 23-year-old would have been ahead of Pickford in the pecking order before the coronavirus outbreak brought a halt to the season.

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“He’s made some great saves, don’t get me wrong, some world class saves, but he’s made some real bad errors and it’s not helped that you’ve had Nick Pope and Henderson both doing so well,” said Bent, speaking on talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast Show.

“They’ve been absolutely sensational and obviously Sheffield United (have done so well) , look where they are sitting, so for me if you were picking a team right now, would Pickford be your number one?

“I don’t think so. I think he would be behind Henderson and Pope. But as I said, (the Euros postponement) has given him time and a chance to get some confidence back and start playing as well as he did in the last World Cup.”

Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who is on loan from Manchester United. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)