Dean Henderson knows one day he will be Manchester United and England No 1 one day – the only question is when. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a decision to make regarding Henderson and David de Gea this summer and Henderson is confident the Norwegian will pick in his favour.
That’s despite the Spaniard having got the nod in the Europa League final to Villarreal late last month.
“I’ve spoken about this for years,” he said. “Whether it gets me in trouble speaking about it, whether it holds me back at certain times, it probably does.
“But at the end of the day it’ll happen one day and I know it’ll happen, so I’m just going to keep working hard day in, day out and my time will come. I was 100 per cent born ready.
“I’ve just got to be ready for when that time comes. There’s no excuses when you step over that white line.
“You’ve got to puff your chest out and go for it and everything that you’ve put in day in, day out, all the training, everything, pays off.”
In the meantime Henderson insists his focus is very much on supporting Jordan Pickford in the Three Lions goal – unless he himself gets that call this summer.
The England international is one of three stoppers in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man Euro 2020 squad but is not expected to play any of the Group D matches against Croatia, Scotland or the Czech Republic.
Yet Henderson insists if he’s prepared to be called upon. “I’d be 100 per cent ready,” he said.
“I was born ready. Listen, that’s my job. I’m here, I’m ready to play when called upon.
“I’ve spoke about this for years. Whether it’s get me in trouble speaking about it, whether it holds me back at certain times, it probably does.
“But at the end of the day it’ll happen one day and I know it’ll happen, so I’m just going to keep working hard day in, day out and my time will come.
“Jordan deserves this tournament, obviously he was brilliant at the World Cup,” he said.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Jordan, obviously he’s a northern boy like me, we get on really well and he’s been fantastic in an England jersey, so he deserves this tournament.
“And my aim for this tournament is to help Jordan in the best way I can and really support him for him to perform the best for our country because it’s the team work and hopefully it’ll make the dream work.
“But I’ll be there ready, like Sam Johnstone will be as well, if the opportunity arises and one of us get on the pitch.”