Dean Henderson has been forced to withdraw from England’s squad for Euro 2020 after suffering a hip injury. The Manchester United goalkeeper has been replaced by Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the tournament.
Henderson was an unused substitute for England’s 1-0 win over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday and missed the squad’s subsequent training session on Monday.
England announced on Tuesday that they had decided to call up Ramsdale because Henderson’s injury would ‘continue to limit his involvement in training throughout the tournament.’
The 24-year-old goalkeeper will return to United for further assessment and rehabilitation ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Under UEFA rules, teams are allowed to replace goalkeepers because of injury at any point in the tournament and Ramsdale will join the squad at their St George’s Park training base after undergoing COVID-19 protocols.
Speaking before Henderson’s withdrawal, United legend Rio Ferdinand expressed a belief the goalkeeper ‘still had a lot of work to do’.
“I think Dean Henderson has a lot to do still,” he said.
“He’s got to cement as his place as United’s No.1 before becoming England’s No.1.”
He then added: “He’s in the mix. I think that’s what he would have wanted. He was at Sheffield United last year, done remarkably well there.
“He’s come back to United and he’s pushing a goalkeeper who, for the last eight, nine years, has been one of the best goalkeepers around.
“For Dean Henderson just to be pushing him I think he’s done well.”
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