Jose Mourinho recalls how Dean Henderson left him stunned at Manchester United


Jose Mourinho believes Dean Henderson has the arrogance to be England’s no 1 – as he backed him to start over Jordan Pickford at Euro 2020.

Speaking live in the talkSPORT studios on Friday, Mourinho praised the development the Manchester United goalkeeper has shown and recalled an exchange he had with Henderson at Old Trafford when he was in charge which left its mark on him.

Henderson heads into the Euros as England’s back-up keeper – but Mourinho has backed him to become first choice

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Henderson heads into the Euros as England’s back-up keeper – but Mourinho has backed him to become first choice

Henderson was a young hopeful when Mourinho was manager of United but boldly declared he would replace David de Gea on his return from a loan spell at Shrewsbury.

Henderson, now 24, has gone on to force his way into United’s starting XI under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is now seeking to dislodge Pickford for England.

If Mourinho was in charge of the Three Lions, Henderson would get the nod over Pickford for the opening game of the Euros – live on talkSPORT this Sunday.

“I would go with Dean Henderson in goal,” Mourinho said, when asked to name his England XI vs Croatia.

“I am a Henderson fan. When I was at United he was a kid, and I tell this story because it shows his nature.

Mourinho is a big fan of Henderson’s and greeted him warmly when Tottenham played Man United

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Mourinho is a big fan of Henderson’s and greeted him warmly when Tottenham played Man United

“He came to my office asking for a loan, he went to Shrewsbury, but this kid said to me then, ‘When I come back, I want to be number one’.

“We looked at each other because we had De Gea and this kid never played one game, but he has had incredible development.

“The loans were all very successful. The way United organised them I think United did amazing for him and he did amazing for himself.

“He has this arrogance in him, this trust and belief which I think an England goalkeeper needs.”

Read more from Jose Mourinho and find out his England starting XI vs Croatia HERE





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