Dean Henderson rates his chances of going to the World Cup

Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson has rated his chances of going to the World Cup with Gareth Southgate’s England in November.

The 25-year-old, who is spending the season on loan at Nottingham Forest, earned a recall for this month’s Nations League games against Italy and Germany due to Everton’s Jordan Pickford being ruled out with injury.

Newcastle United stopper Nick Pope played the full 90 minutes of Friday night’s 1-0 defeat to Italy, which meant the Three Lions will be relegated from Group A, in Pickford’s absence.

With Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale also in the England side it’s highly unlikely that Gareth Southgate will hand Henderson his second cap against Germany on Monday night, ahead of Pope or the Gunners keeper.

Dean Henderson rates his chances of going to the World Cup

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Henderson had to pull out of the Three Lions European Championships squad last summer after picking up an injury.

And after harbouring hopes of ousting David de Gea as Manchester United’s number one, Henderson’s plan was curtailed after he struggled with the aftereffects of Covid-19.

Having started the season playing catch up and building up his fitness with United’s Under-23 side, Henderson wouldn’t feature for the Red Devils at all in the Premier League last season and would only make three appearances across all competitions.

Having moved to the City Ground to get regular football, Henderson is under no illusion of the challenge he faces of forcing himself into Southgate’s side for Qatar.

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In a fan Q+A on Soccer AM, Henderson was asked whether he sees himself making the World Cup squad.

He responded: “I think I’m behind at the minute for sure, obviously last season not playing much and the other lads have done unbelievably well.

“I knew the best chance to do that [make the World Cup] was coming out [on loan] and playing football, and being in Gareth Southgate’s eye and hopefully leaving a good impression.”

Henderson, who blasted United for broken promises and wasting a year of his career last season, has conceded 17 goals from seven Premier League games this season, while registering one clean sheet.

He has however saved penalties from England duo Declan Rice and Harry Kane.

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