Dean Henderson could earn England recall following Jordan Pickford's injury
Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson could earn an England recall with Everton’s Jordan Pickford ruled out due to injury.
Pickford has cemented himself as the Three Lions’ number one under Gareth Southgate, but the former Sunderland man is ruled out of the latest round of Nations League matches.
The 28-year-old will miss this month’s matches against Italy and Germany having picked up a thigh injury in Everton’s 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool.
Dean Henderson could earn England recall
Both Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale are likely to be guaranteed of their spots in Southgate’s last squad before naming his World Cup squad.
But with the 45-time international Pickford not available, opportunity could beckon for Henderson.
Following his season-long loan move to Nottingham Forest, the 25-year-old has started all six of Forest’s top-flight matches so far this season under Steve Cooper.
The Manchester United academy graduate has saved penalties from his fellow countrymen Declan Rice and England captain Harry Kane.
Henderson has only played once for the senior England side and he came on as a substitute at half time in a 3-0 friendly win against the Republic of Ireland back in November 2020.
Henderson was named in England’s European Championship squad but he pulled out with a hip injury.
Having had aspirations of ousting David de Gea and starting last season as Manchester United’s number one, those plans were significantly hampered when Henderson struggled with the aftereffects of Covid-19.
While Pope and Ramsdale will likely be ahead of him in Southgate’s pecking order, Henderson is playing regularly in the Premier League after not making one top-flight appearance for the Red Devils last season.
Pickford’s injury could mean that the former Stockport County and Sheffield United loanee has an opportunity to impress Southgate ahead of the winter World Cup in Qatar.