Dean Henderson has given his World Cup hopes the best possible chance, reckons his club manager.

The Whitehaven star has returned to regular Premier League action with Nottingham Forest this season during a loan from Manchester United.

And Forest boss Steve Cooper says the hard-working Cumbrian has done his best to put himself back in the national set-up’s eyes.

Henderson was named in the England squad for recent Nations League games, though he may face a battle to force his way in to the reckoning for Qatar 2022 with Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope tipped to get Gareth Southgate’s nod.

The England boss is expected to name his final squad for the tournament on November 10.

Cooper said of Henderson: “I'm sure the staff at England are monitoring him and he's given himself the best chance, for sure. 

“It's good for Dean that he's playing regular Premier League football, because that's in the end how you get to showcase your abilities and your levels. 

“That's always a better thing than not playing, particularly for goalkeepers.

“I don't really think about comparing him to the others, that's Gareth's job and he's a friend of mine so I'm not going to interfere with that. 

“All I do know is Dean is working incredibly hard, he's got a real growth mind-set to improve and it's not just the stuff he does on the pitch.”

Cooper was speaking ahead of Henderson’s latest Forest outing, which saw a 5-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.

The 25-year-old had starred in their 1-0 win over Liverpool in his previous appearance.