England manager Gareth Southgate chose to go with the inexperienced Pope ahead of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, whose exclusion from England's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation came as a surprise to many. We weigh most days when we get up and that's normally my fighting weight.
The quietly-spoken former England and Aston Villa defender has made a point of not implementing strict rules or excessively raising expectations and Henderson says that is having the desired effect.
"It's one small step at a time, I'm happy to be in the squad now but I obviously want to push on as well".
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It's easy to see why so many fans have lost faith, with England now sitting in the unlucky 13th spot in FIFA's world rankings, but the squad is filled with young talent, and many English players are coming off the back of excellent seasons with their respective clubs. Heaton has three caps for his country but has been unable to dislodge Pope in the Burnley team since returning from a shoulder injury in the final weeks of last season.
"We play like that against any team in the world we are going to cause them problems, so that's what we've got to try and do". "We've got to enjoy the occasion and we can't wait to get out there and get started". I've been training with top quality players so it's been enjoyable.
"It's been on another level and it doesn't get any harder than England. He is pretty chilled and likes the players to take ownership of themselves and the group - I think it has worked well so far", he said. To be in and around this level, it's great for me. I'm not there to preach to anyone, but I have experience of playing in big games.