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England call for Deano

8 October 2019

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Goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been called up to the England senior squad for the first time.

The Blades number one has been added to Gareth Southgate's squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, to replace Aston Villa's Tom Heaton who has returned to his club for further assessment on an injury sustained at the weekend.

Should he win a cap, 22-year-old Henderson will become the first Blade to do so in the senior set up since Brian Deane, who earned the last of his three caps in 1992.

Henderson, who has been ever present for the Blades in the league this season, has been watched several times by Southgate in 2019, and further underlined his ability with two crucial saves in Saturday's draw at Watford.

On the announcement of Henderson's call up, Blades boss Chris Wilder said: "This is fantastic recognition for Dean and the club as a whole. Everyone at Sheffield United will be delighted to hear this news, and we wish Dean well on international duty."

The Manchester United loanee has previously represented the Three Lions at under 16, 17, 20 and 21 level, and will now link up with the senior squad at St. George's Park on Wednesday.

England take on the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday (11th October, 7.45pm) and then travel to Sofia to face Bulgaria on Monday (14th October, 7.45pm).

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