Injured Tom Heaton pulls out of England squad, with Sheffield United's Dean Henderson poised to replace him

Tom Heaton sustained an injury in training for Aston Villa on Saturday
Tom Heaton sustained an injury in training for Aston Villa on Saturday Credit: Reuters

Tom Heaton has pulled out of the England squad, with Sheffield United's Dean Henderson poised to step up and replace him.

Heaton will not be joining up with Gareth Southgate's 23-man party after sustaining an unspecified injury in training for Aston Villa on Saturday, ruling him out of today's Midlands derby with Wolves.

The £8 million signing from Burnley will miss the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.

Jed Steer took his place for the game at Molineux, making his second ever appearance in the Premier League.

Henderson, on loan at Sheffield United from Manchester United, is expected to now join up with the England squad in place of Heaton for the second month running.

Dean Henderson is likely to replace Tom Heaton in the squad Credit: Getty Images

The 22-year-old has 11 caps for the England under-21s and is highly regarded by Southgate and the coaching staff.

England will reach a landmark in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday.

It will be the country's 1,000th men's international and the occasion will be marked in a number of ways, including recognising the notable contributions of former players as well as managers while the current crop will wear individual 'legacy numbers' on their shirts.

Terry Venables, Southgate's old coach, will be in attendance and remains a key figure for the Three Lions manager.

"We've had some great nights in the last few years but, for all of them, they've had those nights in their own era or generation and Terry was a brilliant manager for me," he said.

"Great tactical knowledge, great man-management, developed a fantastic spirit with the group. Every player - youngest to oldest - loved working with him and one of our, well, by far our best European Championship performance.

"Our record isn't illustrious but he was brilliant to work with and inspired me in terms of coaching and managing.

"I saw the level that he was at and having been manager of England and FC Barcelona, you knew that's the level of detail and the fact that he was prepared to be challenged and had somebody like Don Howe with him and he didn't mind Don challenging him.

"He was very open to that so I thought he was very forward-thinking and a really impressive guy."