Dean Henderson has accepted Jordan Pickford to be England’s No.1 at Euro 2020 and has lent his support to his fellow goalkeeper.
While there will be fierce competition for spots all over the field ahead of the Three Lions opener against Croatia on Sunday, you could bet your house on Pickford starting in goal.
The Everton keeper has been the first choice during Gareth Southgate’s entire reign and, despite questionable form for his club, never lets his country down.
Henderson worked his way into the Manchester United squad on David de Gea towards the latter stages of the season, but he accepts that leaving for England this summer would be a bridge too far.
“I’m ready to play when asked,” he told talkSPORT.
“Jordan deserves this tournament, he was brilliant at the World Cup.
“I have a lot of time for him, he’s a guy from the North like me.
“He was fantastic in an English jersey so he deserves this tournament.
“I’ll be there ready, like Sam [Johnstone] will, too, if the opportunity arises and one of us enters the field.
“My goal for this tournament is to help Jordan in the best possible way and to really support him so that he can be the best for our country.”
Still, the 24-year-old is thrilled to be involved, insisting it’s a dream come true, even in a supporting role.
“Going out with that badge on your chest, with your whole nation behind you, is something you’ve always dreamed of,” he added.
“That Three Lions song about home jersey and football that gives me goosebumps every time I read it.
“It has inspired me since I was a very young boy.”
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