Forget His Liverpool Blunder, Dean Henderson Deserves His England Call Up – Forbes

Forget His Liverpool Blunder, Dean Henderson Deserves His England Call Up - Forbes
England news: This is what dreams are made of – Man Utd loanee Dean Henderson wins first senior call-up
From David Seaman getting lobbed by Ronaldinho in 2002 to Scott Carsons mistake against Croatia in 2008 or Rob Green letting Clint Dempseys tame shot through his fingers at the 2010 World Cup, Englands goalkeepers seem to be almost synonymous with calamitous errors.

So when Sheffield Uniteds Dean Henderson fumbled a tame shot from Liverpools Gini Wijnaldum two weeks ago, there were probably some fans sarcastically saying that he looks like a future England goalkeeper.

Henderson has been on the books at Manchester United since 2011 but has never played for the first team, instead cutting his teeth with a series of loan spells, the latest at Sheffield United where he has been ever-present for them since the beginning of last season.

His manager Chris Wilder said that he would imagine that England boss Gareth Southgate would look at the bigger picture, and that picture suggests Hendersons call-up to replace the injured Tom Heaton is well-deserved.

The 22-year-old has represented England at age-group level and was part of the 2017 World Cup-winning U20 squad, but only appeared once in the group stages as Freddie Woodman won Goalkeeper of the Tournament.

Henderson reacted to his Liverpool howler by producing a top-class performance against Watford last week, making several key saves including one in stoppage-time to give his side a clean sheet.

Heaton, 33, was due to join up with fellow stoppers Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope, his former team-mate at Burnley, for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

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Sheffield Uniteds defense has been making headlines at the other end of the pitch this season, with center-backs Jack OConnell and Chris Basham often getting forward to overwhelm the oppositions backline. But at the same time, the Blades have let in just seven Premier League goals. Only Liverpool have conceded fewer.

However, he will instead spend the international break recovering with his club side while Henderson will join up with the England squad on Wednesday at St Georges Park.

Thats an impressive feat for any team, but Sheffield United havent really been parking the bus that much this season. They have been good at the back, but five teams have conceded fewer shots than them, and they have the biggest difference between expected goals conceded and actual goals conceded of any team in the league. Part of the reason for that difference is their goalkeeper.

But Henderson is unlikely to make his England debut in the next seven days barring further injury with Pickford and Pope both ahead of him in the pecking order.

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It was a similar story last season, when Sheffield United conceded the joint fewest goals in the Championship. They let in 41 goals in 46 games in that campaign, with Middlesbrough, who played the most defensive soccer in the league, being the only other team to let in fewer than 50 goals. Hendersons performances last season were so good that he was close to an England call-up despite playing in the Championship.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton has been forced out of the reckoning by an injury he picked up during his sides 5-1 win over Norwich on Saturday.

Dean Henderson won the Golden Glove that year, and was in the PFA Team of the Year in 2017-18 as well as winning several individual awards from Sheffield United. Not bad for a player who is only 22. If Henderson keeps improving, then he could be the long-term replacement for David de Gea at his parent club Manchester United.

Henderson was criticised by his club manager Chris Wilder after gifting Premier League leaders Liverpool the only goal in a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane on Sept. 28, watched by Southgate, but responded with a clean sheet in the draw at Watford on Saturday.

Henderson is one of several young players who have been called up by Gareth Southgate for Englands matches against Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Chelseas Fikayo Tomori is another player who could earn his first England cap this international break. Tomori and Henderson were part of the England Under-20 side that won the 2017 Under-20 World Cup.

The 22-year-old Henderson, on loan at Sheffield United from Manchester United, will link up with Gareth Southgates 24-man squad on Wednesday after Heaton returned to Aston Villa after suffering the injury in their win at Norwich City last weekend.

While Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, currently on loan at Swansea City, was the hero of that tournament, saving a penalty in the final, Hendersons one appearance in the tournament will be remembered for how he was lobbed from the halfway line against Guinea. But the player who lobbed him was Englands Fikayo Tomori who was attempting a no-look backpass.

England fans will be hoping that Tomori doesnt try the same trick in these international fixtures. For Henderson, hopefully he has now already got his obligatory England calamity out of the way.

From David Seaman getting lobbed by Ronaldinho in 2002 to Scott Carsons mistake against Croatia in 2008 or Rob Green letting Clint Dempseys tame shot through his fingers at the 2010 World Cup, Englands goalkeepers seem to be almost synonymous with calamitous errors.

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So when Sheffield Uniteds Dean Henderson fumbled a tame shot from Liverpools Gini Wijnaldum two weeks ago, there were probably some fans sarcastically saying that he looks like a future England goalkeeper.

“The decision was taken after Heaton returned to his club for further assessment on an injury sustained during Aston Villa’s win against Norwich City last weekend,” the FA added in a statement.

His manager Chris Wilder said that he would imagine that England boss Gareth Southgate would look at the bigger picture, and that picture suggests Hendersons call-up to replace the injured Tom Heaton is well-deserved.

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.

Henderson reacted to his Liverpool howler by producing a top-class performance against Watford last week, making several key saves including one in stoppage-time to give his side a clean sheet.

“This is what dreams are made of… it’s a dream come true to receive my first England senior call up!!” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Sheffield Uniteds defense has been making headlines at the other end of the pitch this season, with center-backs Jack OConnell and Chris Basham often getting forward to overwhelm the oppositions backline. But at the same time, the Blades have let in just seven Premier League goals. Only Liverpool have conceded fewer.

The goalkeeper, on loan at Sheffield United from Manchester United, is to join up with Gareth Southgate’s squad at St George’s Park on Wednesday.

Thats an impressive feat for any team, but Sheffield United havent really been parking the bus that much this season. They have been good at the back, but five teams have conceded fewer shots than them, and they have the biggest difference between expected goals conceded and actual goals conceded of any team in the league. Part of the reason for that difference is their goalkeeper.

It was a similar story last season, when Sheffield United conceded the joint fewest goals in the Championship. They let in 41 goals in 46 games in that campaign, with Middlesbrough, who played the most defensive soccer in the league, being the only other team to let in fewer than 50 goals. Hendersons performances last season were so good that he was close to an England call-up despite playing in the Championship.

Dean Henderson, on loan at Sheffield United from Manchester United, has been called up to the England squad for the first time.

Dean Henderson won the Golden Glove that year, and was in the PFA Team of the Year in 2017-18 as well as winning several individual awards from Sheffield United. Not bad for a player who is only 22. If Henderson keeps improving, then he could be the long-term replacement for David de Gea at his parent club Manchester United.

Henderson is one of several young players who have been called up by Gareth Southgate for Englands matches against Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Chelseas Fikayo Tomori is another player who could earn his first England cap this international break. Tomori and Henderson were part of the England Under-20 side that won the 2017 Under-20 World Cup.

The 22-year-old has been ever-present for the Blades at the start of the new season, but he did come under criticism for an embarrassing error which gifted Liverpool a 1-0 win over the newly-promoted side on September 29.

While Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, currently on loan at Swansea City, was the hero of that tournament, saving a penalty in the final, Hendersons one appearance in the tournament will be remembered for how he was lobbed from the halfway line against Guinea. But the player who lobbed him was Englands Fikayo Tomori who was attempting a no-look backpass.

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 fans will be hoping that Tomori doesnt try the same trick in these international fixtures. For Henderson, hopefully he has now already got his obligatory England calamity out of the way.

A win against the Czechs would confirm a spot in next years competition for the Three Lions, where Southgate will be looking to build on a superb semi-final showing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Brammall Lane and returned to the club for the 2019-20 campaign shortly after penning a new contract at Old Trafford, which ties him to United until 2022.

Dean Henderson has been called up to the England squad for the first time, replacing the injured Tom Heaton.

England are set to take in a trip to the Czech Republic on October 11, before another away clash against Bulgaria three days later, as they aim to book their place in Euro 2020.

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.

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“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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

England face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in Euro 2020 qualifiers on Friday and Monday respectively.

Henderson will be back in action with the Blades after the break as his side face Arsenal in a home match on October 21. 


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