England secured a morale-boosting 3-3 draw with Germany last night but Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson didn’t take part once again.
Interestingly, Gareth Southgate was left to rue his decision to play Nick Pope. The Newcastle fluffed a routine shot straight into the path of Kai Havertz for Germany to equalise late on.
Arsenal stopper Aaron Ramsdale was sat on the bench next to Henderson. Given the Gunners’ start to the season perhaps he expected to be given the nod.
Henderson is probably owed a run-out, however. It was cruel on the Manchester United-owned player that he missed Euro 2020 which took place just over 12 months ago.
He was provisionally named but then had to withdraw with injury. On that occasion, he was replaced in the squad by Ramsdale; with Sam Johnstone the other stopper.
As a result, Henderson will feel that his form so far this season might have earned him a game. He’s been excellent for the Reds; saving penalties from Declan Rice and Harry Kane during the season.
Although Newcastle and Arsenal are both playing well, they both have star-studded squads. Henderson is playing well in a team that finds themselves in a transitional period after recently winning promotion.
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Unless Jordan Pickford’s injury proves worse than first feared, Henderson will now surely be England’s fourth-choice custodian.
That seems a shame, especially given that Pope was relegated with Burnley last season and showcased several errors with his distribution in games against Italy and Germany.
All Henderson can do is keep his head up. Southgate does typically reward players in form and all he can do is keep starring for Forest.
Given his error last night, Southgate might rue his decision not to hand Henderson the chance to reclaim the place that he lost through no fault of his own.