Jose Mourinho believes Dean Henderson has the arrogance of being England’s No.1 – as he backed him to replace Jordan Pickford at Euro 2020.
Speaking live at talkSPORT studios on Friday, Mourinho praised the development of the Manchester United goalkeeper and recalled an exchange he had with Henderson at Old Trafford when he was in charge that scored him.
Henderson was a young prospect when Mourinho was United manager but has boldly said he will replace David de Gea when he returns from loan at Shrewsbury.
Henderson, now 24, continued to make his way into United’s starting XI under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is now looking to oust Pickford for England.
If Mourinho were in charge of the Three Lions, Henderson would get the green light from Pickford for the Euro opener – live on talkSPORT this Sunday.
“I would go with Dean Henderson in the goal,” Mourinho said, when asked to name his England XI against Croatia.
“I’m a Henderson fan. When I was at United he was a kid, and I tell this story because it shows his nature.
“He came to my office to ask for a loan, he went to Shrewsbury, but then this kid said to me, ‘When I come back, I want to be number one.’
“We looked at each other because we had De Gea and this kid never played a single game, but he had an incredible development.
“The loans have all been very successful. The way United organized them, I think United has been great for him and he has done it for himself.
“He has that arrogance in him, that confidence and that conviction that I think an English goalkeeper needs.”
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