Chris Wilder hints why Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson isn’t in England squad
Chris Wilder explained that the omission of Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson from the latest England squad may be because he’s “not had an awful lot to do” for Sheffield United so far this season.
Henderson, who has been a regular for England Under-21s and returned to Sheffield United on loan from the Reds in the summer, was overlooked by Gareth Southgate in favour of Jordan Pickford, Tom Heaton and Nick Pope.
Southgate’s 25-man Three Lions squad for the upcoming friendlies versus Bulgaria and Kosovo included United stars Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and — for the first time — Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Man City pair Kyle Walker and John Stones missed out. And Wilder believes Henderson, 22, had also been unfortunate not to see his name included.
“We rate Dean and when you look at the goalkeepers he’s up against, of course I’m going to say he should be right up there,” he said at his Blades press conference on Thursday.
“It’s only a matter of time before he gets in there.
“Gareth has been here (at Bramall Lane) – he watched some English players for (opponents) Crystal Palace and some more for Leicester City, so it’s not solely been for Dean.
“But he’s come through the system and played well for us as well.
“He’s not had an awful lot to do, which is a confidence boost for us as a team. He made a big save at Bournemouth and has been neat and tidy and consistent.”
Henderson simultaneously signed a second season-long loan deal with the Blades, while agreeing a new contract at United.
The keeper has represented England at age group level since he was a 16-year-old and is highly rated by coaches in both the United and national team set-ups.