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Monday, 28 July 2014

Ex-Carlisle Utd keeper poised for England debut

Cumbrian keeper Dean Henderson could be set to make his England debut next week on live television – just over a year after moving from Carlisle United.

Dean Henderson photo
Dean Henderson

He signed a two-year contract with Manchester United in August last year, at 14, bringing to an end a six-year spell in the Blues’ youth set-up.

And he has now been named in an 18-strong England squad for the Under-16s’ Sky Sports Victory Shield opener in Northern Ireland on Thursday.

The youngster, from Whitehaven, is one of two keepers in the inexperienced squad, the other being Freddie Woodman

The Newcastle United stopper and Liverpool’s Jordan Rossiter are the only players to have featured previously for the Three Lions.

England coach Kenny Swain said: “It’s an exciting time at the start of the season when a new batch of players get together to represent their country for the first time.

“Pulling on an England shirt is always a fantastic honour for any player, and it’s their time to enjoy the occasion and learn from the experience of playing international football.

“With Sky Sports showing the games live and all their families and friends in attendance, it will be interesting to see how they cope with a little extra pressure.

“Each year always varies on the type of player we seem to produce, some years we have a lot of gifted midfielders, other years we have some outstanding defenders and strikers.

“I see this year as no different and hopefully the balance of the squad will be excellent as in recent seasons.”

England will be looking to retain the Shield they have won for the last 11 years, and Swain is looking forward to another encounter with the Irish.

“Games against Northern Ireland are always competitive, they’re always set up well to compete against us,” he said. “We don’t know what to expect from their squad but we know they will always be well prepared for the full 80 minutes.”

Henderson is one of four Manchester United players in the squad.

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