Cumbrian star Dean Henderson has earned praise from Alan Shearer for the way he has stepped up at Manchester United.

Legendary former striker Shearer says the Whitehaven-born goalkeeper has established himself well as first-choice at Old Trafford.

The ex-England great has been impressed with the way Henderson has shown he can deal with the pressure and scrutiny of holding such a high-profile position.

Shearer was writing in The Athletic as he discussed a possible England squad for this summer's European Championships.

National team head coach Gareth Southgate will confirm his 26-man squad for the tournament on Monday, May 25.

Henderson, 24, is highly likely to make the cut as one of three goalkeepers.

Shearer believes the trio "pick themselves" and expects Everton's former Carlisle United loan man Jordan Pickford to remain first-choice for the Euros ahead of Henderson and Burnley's Nick Pope.

But he believes the latter two are "very decent" back-ups.

And the Newcastle icon, who played 63 times and scored 30 goals for his country, said of the Cumbrian: "Dean Henderson is now established as Manchester United's No1 ahead of David de Gea.

"He's coped well with a heavy responsibility, which is magnified by some of the greats who have previously graced Old Trafford."

A call-up for a major tournament would be the latest milestone in the highly promising career of former Carlisle academy star Henderson.

The west Cumbrian has made 24 first-team appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in a 2020/21 season which has also brought Henderson win a first full England cap.

He has made 11 Premier League appearances for the Old Trafford club, having been given an extended run by Solskjaer.