The call-up had been around the corner for some time, and Blades boss Chris Wilder actually mentioned Hendersons England prospects while referencing a mistake against Liverpool.
Hes never played for Manchester Uniteds first team, but has succeeded in loan stints to Shrewsbury Town, Stockport County, and Grimsby Town as well as Sheffield United. This is his second year on loan with the Blades.
England give first call-up to Henderson as Heaton withdraws
He was a PFA Team of the Year keeper for the Shrews in 2017-18, and claimed the Championships Golden Glove Award last season.
England give first call-up to keeper Henderson as Heaton withdraws
Dean Henderson has been called up to the England squad for the first time, replacing the injured Tom Heaton.
Man United loanee Henderson wins first senior England call-up
The goalkeeper, on loan at Sheffield United from Manchester United, will join up with Gareth Southgates squad at St Georges Park on Wednesday.
“The decision was taken after Heaton returned to his club for further assessment on an injury sustained during Aston Villas win against Norwich City last weekend,” the FA added in a statement.
England are top of the section with a perfect 12 points from four matches and will qualify for next years finals with a win over the second-placed Czechs, who have nine points from five games. Bulgaria are bottom of the group with two from five.
“This is what dreams are made of… its a dream come true to receive my first England senior call up!!” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Henderson, who has represented England from Under-16 to Under-21 level, has impressed with Sheffield United in the past year, helping them secure promotion to the Premier League.
The 22-year-old rejoined the Blades in July for another season after signing a new three-year contract with Manchester United.
Former Shrewsbury favourite Dean Henderson handed first England senior call-up
Prior to returning on loan to the Blades, Henderson admitted that he was concerned he may not get a chance to represent the club in the Premier League.
Dean Henderson gets England call-up to replace Tom Heaton
I was always worried, even though I made it clear I wanted it to happen. Everyone wanted it to happen, no one more so than me. But I was getting nervous about things, yes,” Henderson said.
Chris Wilder hails fantastic recognition as Dean Henderson gets England call-up
The longer things went on it was only natural I got concerned. But now its sorted, Im so relieved. Im delighted to come back, everybody knows and can see that.
Henderson has started all eight of Sheffield Uniteds Premier League matches thus far in 2019-20, with the Blades off to a better-than-expected start in league play.
However, being a part of Englands set up represents a huge step forward in the 22-year-olds career and if he continues on his current trajectory, he might end up challenging Pickford for a regular starting spot in the near future.
Tipped by many as favourites for relegation, Sheffield United have won two, drawn three and lost three to currently sit in 13th place.
The Blades, however, do only sit two points ahead of 18th-place Everton, who occupy the third and final relegation spot.
The United ace quickly took to Twitter to express his joy after the announcement was made, writing: This is what dreams are made of… its a dream come true to receive my first England senior call up!!!
England face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in Euro 2020 qualifiers on Friday and Monday respectively.
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Henderson will be back in action with the Blades after the break as his side face Arsenal in a home match on October 21.