Dean Henderson, on loan from Manchester United, has assessed 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, has won a recall for this month’s Nations League games against Italy and Germany due to Jordan Pickford’s exclusion from Everton for injury.
Newcastle United striker Nick Pope played all 90 minutes in Friday night’s 1-0 loss to Italy which means the Three Lions will be relegated from Group A, in Pickford’s absence.
With Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale also in the England side, Gareth Southgate is highly unlikely to hand Henderson his second cap against Germany on Monday night, ahead of Pope or the Gunners keeper.
Dean Henderson assesses his chances of going to the World Cup
Henderson had to pull out of the Three Lions European Championship squad last summer after sustaining an injury.
And after harboring hopes of ousting David de Gea as Manchester United number one, Henderson’s plan was cut short after battling the aftermath of Covid-19.
After starting the season catching up and developing his fitness with United’s Under-23 side, Henderson wouldn’t play for the Red Devils in the Premier League at all last season and would only make three appearances in the Premier League. all competitions.
Having moved to the City Ground to get regular football, Henderson is under no illusions about the challenge he faces in forcing himself to join Southgate for Qatar.
In a fan Q+A on Soccer AM, Henderson was asked if he saw himself making the World Cup squad.
He replied: “I think I’m behind by the minute, for sure, obviously last season I didn’t play a lot and the other guys did incredibly well.
“I knew the best chance to do it [make the World Cup] was going 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 lost a year of his career last season, has conceded 17 goals in seven Premier League games this season, while recording a clean sheet.
He did, however, save penalties from English duo Declan Rice and Harry Kane.