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Henderson set for nod


BURY fans are already plotting the Shakers’ revival as a phoenix club.

The Forever Bury Supporters Club met yesterday to begin their planning in the wake of the club’s expulsion from the EFL.

Bury will have to apply to join the non-League pyramid next season if they want to continue and Dave Giffard, chair of the supporters club, says they want control of Gigg Lane.

The stadium is mortgaged with crippling interest rates and Giffard says the local council back their plans.

“We have got a meeting to look at our next move,” he said.

“What we would like to do is try and save this club.

“If we have to restart as a phoenix club, we would like to get hold of this ground. We have the support of the council.”

The FA confirmed Bury will not be allowed to participat­e in the FA Cup this season but confirmed they could apply to join the non-League pyramid for next term.

“If the club re-forms, we look forward to them applying to make an applicatio­n to the Football Associatio­n to rejoin league competitio­n further down the English football pyramid from the 2020-21 season,” said the FA in a statement.

Accrington Stanley said they can be an inspiratio­n for Bury after they were booted out of the League in 1962 but later reformed and gradually climbed the football pyramid again.

They tweeted Bury, saying: “Accrington Stanley were expelled from the League in 1962, reformed in 1968 and returned to the Football League in 2006.

“It was a long road back, but we made it. We hope to play @buryfcoffi­cial in the @EFL in the future.”

Former Bury boss Graham Barrow also cited his old side Chester as another example for inspiratio­n.

Chester were formed after Chester City were wound up in 2010 and the new club, having been readmitted to the eighth tier of football, quickly won three promotions.

“The club has been badly mismanaged for some time and I just hope someone gets hold of it and brings it back,” said Barrow, who is now assistant boss at Shrewsbury. GARETH SOUTHGATE could hand a first England call-up to Dean Henderson when he names his England squad today.

The on-loan Sheffield United keeper is expected to be in the squad for next month’s home Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

Henderson, 22, is predicted to get the nod ahead of Jack Butland and Nick Pope to join Jordan Pickford and Tom Heaton in the squad.

He will be joined by fellow debutantes Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mason Mount, while James Maddison is also expected to be included.

Southgate watched Henderson (inset) as the Blades beat Crystal Palace this month.

The keeper, on loan from Manchester United, was a key man last season as Chris Wilder’s side were promoted to the top flight.

He signed a new United deal last month, before extending his loan for another season.

Wan-Bissaka has also impressed Southgate, after the 21-year-old right-back joined United from Palace in a £55m deal this summer.

The Three Lions boss is spoiled for choice in that position with Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier available.

Southgate flew to Spain on Sunday to watch Trippier in action as Atletico Madrid beat Leganes, but is keen to see how Wan-Bissaka handles the senior squad environmen­t.

Midfield duo Mount and Maddison, have both been in impressive form.

Mount, 20, has returned to Chelsea following a loan spell with Derby, while Leicester ace Maddison is poised to earn his second call-up.

Southgate, who will be without the injured Luke Shaw, could name an expanded 26-man squad to cover for further injuries or withdrawal­s.

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