England national team manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson would be on the bench for the World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Albania and Poland this week. England will face hosts Albania on Sunday evening in the second match of their ten-game World Cup qualifiers before they play hosts to Poland next week Wednesday. Gareth Southgate told reporters after the San Marino game that Burnley shot stopper Nick Pope will start the Albania and Poland games in the absence of regular first choice Jordan Pickford. Everton shot stopper Pickford was left out of the England squad for this international break due to injury.

The injury sustained in the home game with Burnley in the league ensured that Pickford won’t be part of the England for the three England games during this March international break. His place in the team was taken by West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who was formerly on the books of Manchester United. Sam Johnstone came through the Manchester United Academy just like what’s obtainable with Dean Henderson.