Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has admitted that Joe Hart was his idol growing up and that the Spurs goalkeeper has given him plenty of advice which has benefited his game.
After two excellent seasons on loan at Sheffield United, where he won many admirers with his performances, Henderson was linked with a move to Tottenham in the summer (Mundo Deportivo).
However, the 23-year-old ended up returning to his parent club to provide David De Gea wth competition between the sticks.
Spurs instead snapped up Hart on a free transfer, who has now established himself as Hugo Lloris’ main understudy, displacing Paulo Gazzaniga.
Hart is looking to rebuild his career in North London having had a dramatic fall from grace over the last three years, before which he was the Three Lions’ undisputed number one.
Henderson, who made his senior England debut in the 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Thursday, coming on as on at half-time to replace Nick Pope admitted that he always looked up to Hart as a youngster.
He told England’s official YouTube account (as relayed by TBR Football): “Playing against Joe Hart who was my idol growing up because he obviously had the England number one shirt when I was a young boy and that was obviously something I wanted to achieve one day.
“This was a special moment when I played against him. He gave me his number and we got texting from there. He’s been great for me. He’s given me a lot of advice along the way.”
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