Dean Henderson has opportunity to put David de Gea under pressure: Southgate

Gareth Sougthgate (File photo)

Leeds [UK], Aug 30 (ANI): England manager Gareth Southgate said that Dean Henderson has the opportunity to put David de Gea under pressure and fight for the goalkeeping role at Manchester United.
"I think it is an opportunity for him really. Of course, he could take another season out and gain another year of Premier League experience but at his age as a goalkeeper you cannot just think about the international situation. You are building a career and here is an opportunity to challenge for the shirt at Manchester United if they are asking him to stay in the building," quoted Southgate as saying.
"If I was him and I had the chance to push to be the Manchester United number one, then I'd make the same decision he has. He has got the chance to train every day in front of the manager, to influence him and put David de Gea under pressure for his place. I think for his career it's a logical decision given the number of matches United will have next season," he added.
Henderson spent the last two seasons with Sheffield United on loan and delivered impressive performances. The goalkeeper kept 13 clean sheets in the Premier League last season and was nominated for the Premier League Young Player of the Season award.
On Thursday, he signed a new five-year contract with Manchester United.
The 23-year-old has also found a spot in the Southgate's squad for England's Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark. (ANI)