Dean Henderson ready to support Everton’s Jordan Pickford as cover at Euro 2020
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is England’s first-choice heading into the European Championship.
The Toffees star have Manchester United’s Dean Henderson and West Brom’s Sam Johnstone breathing down his neck, but manager Gareth Southgate is a fan of his ball-playing abilities.
Henderson became manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice at Old Trafford towards the latter stages of the campaign after outshining David de Gea, and while he secretly harbours doing the same at the national team, he accepts he would have to play second fiddle this summer.
“I’m ready to play when called upon,” the Man Utd star told talkSPORT.
“Jordan deserves this tournament, he was brilliant at the World Cup. He’s been fantastic in an England jersey, so he deserves this tournament.
“I’ll be there ready, like Sam [Johnstone] will as well, if the opportunity arises and one of us gets on the pitch. My aim for this tournament is to help Jordan in the best way I can and really support him so he can be the best for our country.”
Watch your back Jordan!
While Pickford has hardly put a foot wrong for the Three Lions since becoming Southgate’s preferred option ahead of the 2018 World Cup, he has not always been particularly solid for Everton.
Rob Olsen gave him a run for his money during the earlier stages of the campaign, and Henderson will be looking to do so ahead of next summer.
The Man Utd academy graduate knows becoming better with the ball at his feet will boost his chances of becoming the Three Lions’ first-choice ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Pickford cannot afford to make any errors at the Euros, with both Henderson and Johnstone waiting to pounce.
Having such quality goalkeepers keeping the Toffees star is a good thing for us, though.
He will most likely return to Finch Farm a better goalie than he was when he left, and we hope the fierce competition between him, Henderson and Johnstone brings out the best in him at the Euros.
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