Dean Henderson makes international bow

Thursday 12 November 2020 22:02

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson made his senior England debut during Thursday’s 3-0 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland.

Henderson was introduced at half-time at Wembley, in place of Burnley’s Nick Pope, and kept a clean sheet as the Three Lions swept to victory.

The 23-year-old, who has played three times for the Reds since returning from a two-year loan spell at Sheffield United, was first selected in a squad by Gareth Southgate in 2019, but had been consigned to the bench until now, with Jordan Pickford a clear first choice.

Henderson has previously appeared for England’s Under-21s, as well as the Under-16, Under-17 and Under-20 sides.

Harry Maguire captained England for the first time.

It was also a proud night in the capital for Harry Maguire, who captained his country from the start of an international for the first time.

Our no.5 marked that milestone with his second goal for his country, nodding in Harry Winks’s cross to give England an 18th-minute lead.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho soon added a second, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck from the penalty spot in the second half.

Marcus Rashford, the third Red included in the Three Lions’ squad for this game and upcoming internationals with Belgium and Iceland, was not involved on Thursday.

Our no.10 picked up a shoulder injury during the 3-1 win over Everton last Saturday and will no longer be joining up with Southgate's side.