Sheffield United defender Phil Jagielka believes Dean Henderson’s perfectionism could be the key trait that leads to an England senior call up in the future.
The Manchester United loanee has been in good form at the start of this season for the Blades but didn’t make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the two Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo earlier this month.
However, Jagielka thinks Henderson’s work ethic and determination to improve will get him his chance eventually:
“It is all about getting experience when you are a young goalkeeper like Dean. No matter how good you are, you have to have that experience. He will need to make mistakes. He will need to have the highs and lows.”
“But I think you could see afterwards [against Everton] just how excited he was. He was then trying to talk his way through the game in the changing room.”
“What I like is he is a little bit of a perfectionist. That is what you want. He will only grow as a character and as an individual.”
England play the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in qualifiers next month, but before then, Sheffield United have games against Sunderland (in the Carabao Cup), Liverpool at home and Watford away in the league.
Henderson and his teammates will be hoping to build on a fantastic start to the season, which sees them sitting in tenth place in the table, following two wins, two draws and two defeats in their opening six games back in the top flight.