Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been forced to leave England’s Euro 2020 squad due to injury.
Henderson has a hip problem which would impact on his ability to train throughout the tournament.
He has been replaced in the squad by Sheffield United stopper Aaron Ramsdale, who has not made a senior international appearance yet.
Henderson was England’s second choice for the tournament, behind Jordan Pickford.
Henderson can focus on his future
The goalkeeping situation at United continues to come under scrutiny.
Henderson wrestled the starting spot from David de Gea in the early part of 2021, but lost it again before the end of the campaign.
De Gea’s inability to save any of the 11 penalties Villarreal scored in the Europa League final shootout might have influenced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s thinking since then.
But Solskjaer needs to make a decision really, and Henderson now has the summer to sort out his future.
That might be making sure he comes back for pre-season better than ever, ready to show Solskjaer why he deserves to be number one.
De Gea may return late, and Henderson could steal a march on his goalkeeping rival.
Of course it can’t be ruled out that Henderson would be on the move, because de Gea’s wages may mean United don’t want to have such an expensive substitute.
Jose Mourinho recently said he expects Henderson to be ‘phenomenal’ and he seems to represent United’s future in goal.
This is a setback but it gives him time to recover and sort out where he’ll be playing his football next season.
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