Sheffield United: ‘Becoming a Blade can help me become England’s number one’

Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson
Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson

Sheffield United's Dean Henderson believes that moving to Bramall Lane can help him achieve his ambition of becoming England's finest goalkeeper.

Henderson, who outlined his desire to become a senior international after arriving from Manchester United on loan, hopes to take another step towards fulfilling that dream when the Young Lions host Andorra in a European Championship qualifier tomorrow night.

Aidy Boothroyd's under-21 squad enter the game, which takes place at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium, requiring only a point to reach next year's finals in Italy and San Marino.

Henderson has started their last two Group Four ties after dislodging Southampton's Angus Gunn and, after also impressing for Shrewsbury Town last season, said: "This is the next step up and I'm looking at the number one shirt. I'm not scared of what is ahead of me.

"I've just got to keep taking it step by step, doing what I have been week after week, and hopefully the call-up won't be long in coming."

Henderson's hopes of catching Gareth Southgate's eye were boosted when Chelsea's Mason Mount, on loan at United's next opponents Derby County, was called-up for England's forthcoming UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.

Henderson and Chris Wilder

Henderson and Chris Wilder

After agreeing a season long transfer to South Yorkshire from Manchester United, Henderson's performances have helped Chris Wilder's side enter the international break on top of the Championship table.

"I have got a place and have been the best 'keeper (at under-21 level) for the past year and a half," he insisted. "I've played games at Shrewsbury and my performance levels were up there.

"To come to a big club like Sheffield United and start well, I'm always confident in my ability."

Henderson, who was first recalled by Boothroyd for last month's draw with Holland, added: "I thought I should have started but obviously age comes into it and I'm the youngest one. 'This', 'that' and the 'other' goes into it but there's a lot of politics in football and you take the rough with the smooth.

"I have to bide my time which I have done for a while, when I don't think I should have, keep my mouth shut and keep working hard at club level. Then they can only ignore you for so long."

Meanwhile, the kick-off times of United's forthcoming visits to Rotherham and Reading have been changed to 12.30pm and 5.30pm respectively after being selected for live television coverage.