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Goalkeeper earns praise from manager

14 March 2019

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Chris Wilder isn't surprised to hear England boss Gareth Southgate speaking positively about goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Following the announcement of the senior squad on Wednesday, the national team boss hinted Henderson, who is set to represent the U21s later this month, is edging closer to a first senior call-up.

And Wilder has been more than happy with how the Manchester United loanee has performed at club level this term.

The Gaffer remarked: "Dean has been first-class for us. Everyone looks at what happened at Villa, not just at Dean but the team in general, how would he and we react?

"The answer is what Dean has produced since and what the players have found since then too. I'm not surprised he's been talking about, but there are some unbelievable goalkeepers in front of him that he's got to get past.

"But at the moment he is doing all he can. He is playing extremely well and playing a part in what have been consistently good team performances."

Wilder added: "He's up there with the best in the division, but Leeds signed a boy from Real Madrid and Sam Johnstone still gives me sleepless nights.

"But Dean is right up there and last season he was certainly the best in League One and I wouldn't be surprised if he wasn't in contention for accolades come the end of the season.

"Dean wants to play football and I congratulate him for his attitude, it's changed in recent years and he wants to get his hands dirty, just like Kieran Dowell."

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