Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been recalled to the England squad for forthcoming Nations League games against Italy and Germany.
The Reds custodian joined the club on loan from Manchester United. He has started all six of Forest’s league games and has also saved penalties from Declan Rice and Harry Kane.
The 25-year-old has just a single England cap to his name. Now, he joins Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale in the squad, with regular number one Jordan Pickford currently injured.
If it hasn’t sunk in for Forest fans that their club is back in the Premier League yet, this might help. The Reds now have an England squad player n their ranks and that is a big deal.
Not since the days of Stuart Pearce and Steve Stone have Forest had such news. Those two, Pearce in particular, were regular inclusions on the England scene and Henderson will welcome this chance.
Playing could prove tricky. England don’t have any friendlies and it looks likely that one of Pope or Ramsdale will take the gloves for the games against Italy and Germany.
Henderson had fallen behind David de Gea at Manchester United. He held a desire to play regular football and now he will feel that his decision to come to Forest has been justified.
Henderson recalled to England squad
The challenge for Henderson now is to ensure that he’s on the plane when the squad for the World Cup in Qatar is announced.
He will remain the first-choice goalkeeper at Forest. Wayne Hennessey was signed as a backup option and Henderson will get plenty of game time.
The United-owned star has been a revelation for the Reds. He’s made several quality saves and he thoroughly deserves this recognition.
It would be amazing if he could get on the pitch again for the Three Lions. For now, he may have to remain patient but this represents just how much quality business Forest did in the summer.