Henderson admits he has fallen 'behind' other England keepers

Dean Henderson admits he has fallen ‘behind’ other goalkeepers in the England pecking order as his rivals have done ‘unbelievably well’ – and thinks his lack of game time at Man United could cost him a place at the World Cup

  • Nottingham Forest keeper Dean Henderson has just one full England cap
  • He was not included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the international break 
  • The 25-year-old admitted he has fallen ‘behind’ other England goalkeepers 
  • Henderson hinted his lack of minutes at Man United last season may be to blame

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson has admitted to being ‘behind’ other goalkeepers in the England set up as the World Cup approaches, and hinted that his lack of game time at Manchester United last season may be the main cause.

Despite being highly rated, Henderson has played just once for England; against Northern Ireland in 2020.

The most recent England squad saw Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope picked ahead of Henderson, and it was Pope that started England’s 1-0 loss to Italy on Friday night.  

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson has not played for England since 2020

He hinted that his lack of game time at Manchester United last season may be to blame

‘I think I’m behind at the minute,’ the Forest Keeper told Sky sports. ‘Obviously, last season not playing so much and the other lads have done unbelievably well.

‘I knew the best chance to do that was to come out and play football and being in Gareth Southgate’s eye and hopefully leaving a good impression.’

Shortly after he arrived at the City Ground on loan, the 25-year-old gave an explosive interview to TalkSPORT accusing his parent club of misleading him about the amount of game time he would receive at the club.

Nick Pope started in goal for England’s last game, a 1-0 loss to Italy on Friday night

Aside from his own role, Henderson also touched on the quality England have available ahead of this winter’s World Cup. He said: ‘The talent in the group is something you really want to be part of. I honestly think England could win something big, soon.

‘We obviously got close and are going to get closer. The players coming through just seem to be better.

 ‘You’ve got Foden, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka – brilliant players. It’s something I want to be involved in.’




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