England boss Gareth Southgate has said Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is “close” to the England squad.

The Manchester United loanee has spent this season on loan at the Blades and has been in impressive form.

Henderson, who is 22 years-old, has never made a senior appearance for Manchester United but has gained plenty of first-team experience out on loan at Stockport County, Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury Town and now Sheffield United.

He has represented England at U16, U17, U20 and U21 level so far in his career and could be called up to the senior side in the near future.

The Three Lions called up goalkeepers Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke City) and Tom Heaton (Burnley) recently.

England manager Southgate has said Henderson isn’t far off his selection, as per the Sheffield Star: “In terms of Angus (Gunn), he’s just got into the team- so Alex McCarthy is unfortunate to be out of the team at Southampton. Angus has got a really good challenge to get into our Under-21’s because Dean Henderson is playing really well and is close to our squad”.

Henderson’s mind will be focused on Sheffield United’s huge fixture against Leeds United on Saturday at Elland Road. Chris Wilder’s side are third whilst their Yorkshire rivals sit 2nd in the automatic promotion race so both sides will be desperate for the win.

In terms of the future, it will be interesting to see where Henderson ends up next season. His chances of staying at Sheffield United again must depend on what league they are in.

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