Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson could be in line for an England recall later this month.
The Daily Mail has confirmed that Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been ruled out until after the international break.
It’s thought that his fantastic kicking ability has led to a thigh injury and he’s set for a period on the sidelines.
Pickford has established himself as his country’s number one goalkeeper under Gareth Southgate.
He was a revelation as England reached the final of Euro 2020 and he’s expected to head to the World Cup in control of the gloves.
Next month, Southgate has a dilemma though. He will need to choose another goalkeeper to make up his squad and Henderson will be in pole position.
The Manchester United-owned stopper was named in the squad for Euro 2020 but was forced to pull out through injury.
He will be desperate to reclaim his place and his form at Forest is doing him no harm at all.
He’s already saved penalties from England teammates Declan Rice and Harry Kane this season, with Southgate a big fan.
Nick Pope or Aaron Ramsdale will likely get the nod to play for the Euro 2020 finalists later this month.
The duo have backed up Pickford over the last 12 months and both stoppers are in fine form this season.
England will play Italy and Germany in the Nations League later this month and Henderson will want a place.
Henderson in line for England recall
This would be a remarkable achievement for Henderson given that Forest haven’t had the best start to the campaign.
Still, the 25-year-old has been in tremendous form and without him, the Reds might be even worse off.
Henderson has just a single England cap at this stage and he will hope to add to that in the future.
The goalkeeper could get a taste of joining up with the squad again later this month when England are due to meet.
It’s fair to say that he’s likely to go into the squad as a third-choice option, however.
Getting called up can only bode well for Henderson though and it should give him confidence for the rest of the season.