Several Sheffield United fans can’t believe that Nick Pope was chosen to start England’s game against Kosovo on Sunday ahead of Dean Henderson.
The Burnley goalkeeper was given his first Three Lions start by Gareth Southgate (BBC Sport), replacing regular number one Jordan Pickford, who was rested with qualification for Euro 2020 already secured.
However, Blades fans believe that Henderson would have been more deserving of the opportunity to play given his performances this season.
They may have a point given that the Manchester United loanee has played his part in a solid start to the Premier League season for Sheffield United.
He has already kept five clean sheets which is the joint most in the league alongside Ederson (premierleague.com) and has conceded just nine goals, which is nine fewer than what Pope has shipped in with Burnley (BBC Sport).
It ended up being a quiet evening for Pope, with Kosovo having just three shots on target and none that particularly troubled the 27-year-old (BBC Sport).
Here is how some Blades supporters reacted to the news that Southgate had selected Pope instead of Henderson…
Good to see Southgate picking players on form and not giving the best English keeper on current form the chance, P.S not a dig at pope but we did put 3 past him other week
— Kieran Batham (@KieranBatham) November 17, 2019
Is dean Henderson non existent?
— Callum Cutler (@calcutler) November 17, 2019
So joint top clean sheets in the prem doednt warrant a start but the Burnley keeper who has flooded goals in recent games does? Okay
— Jono ⚔ (@Jonosufc1996) November 17, 2019
— Brett Sinclair (@JerryBerryYeah) November 17, 2019
Think Southgate is scared to pick hendo, because Pickford would never get back in
— paul clarke (@nobbsta) November 17, 2019
— tom staniforth (@tomsufc12) November 17, 2019
Nick Pope – last 5 games conceded 9 goals.
Dean Henderson – last 5 games conceded 2 goals
— Callum Hobson (@CallumHobson__) November 17, 2019
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