Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been forced to withdraw from England’s Euro 2020 squad and will be replaced by Aaron Ramsdale.
A hip problem is the cause for Henderson’s Euro 2020 campaign ending before it really started, as Gareth Southgate named Jordan Pickford in goal for England’s opener against Croatia.
Sheffield United’s Ramsdale, who was part of Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad for the finals, will take Henderson’s place. The United goalie will return to Manchester for treatment.
Uefa regulations allow a keeper to be replaced on medical grounds at any stage of the tournament.
The FA said in a statement (via ITV): “Aaron Ramsdale has replaced Dean Henderson in England’s UEFA EURO 2020 squad.
“Henderson withdraws with a hip issue that would continue to limit his involvement in training throughout the tournament.
“Under UEFA regulations, squads are permitted to replace goalkeepers on medical grounds at any stage. The Manchester United goalkeeper will now return to his club for further assessment and rehabilitation ahead of the 2021/22 season.”
Ramsdale, 23, is uncapped at senior level and will now become England’s first Staffordshire player at a major tournament since 1962, with the last being Gerry Hitchens. The Blades’ recently crowned player of the year will be dreaming of making an appearance but it looks like Pickford has the role secured for now at least.