Man Utd keeper expects England to ‘have a right go’

Date published: Saturday 15th June 2019 9:04

Dean Henderson has urged England Under-21s to embrace their tag as one of the favourites to win Euro 2019.

The Young Lions arrived in Italy on Friday afternoon ahead of the tournament and trained just hours after landing.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side face France in their opening Group C game in Cesena on Tuesday.

Manchester United goalkeeper Henderson is expected to start for the Young Lions and is relishing the challenge.

“Now we’re over here and seen the set up and everything it makes us want to cherish it and have a right go,” he said, having won promotion to the Premier League during a loan spell with Sheffield United last season.

“As soon as we reached the airport to fly out you could feel the excitement building.

“We’re all looking forward to performing on this stage and our mindset is about winning it.

“We all think we can do that, there are some players in the squad who have won a lot of tournaments in different age groups. There’s no reason why we can’t continue this here with the under-21s.

“People will look at us going unbeaten through qualifying and think we had an easy time against easy opponents but if you look at it there were some tough teams in that group.

“We had Holland and Ukraine and then of course there was a local derby against Scotland.

“But we stuck together and we came through those games and there’s no reason why we can’t do the same here.”

All 23 players trained at Serie D side AC Sammaurese’s Macrelli Stadium on Friday evening.

England also face Romania next Friday and Croatia on June 24.

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