Henderson Vital To England's Hopes

Jordan Henderson has come a long way in the last 12 months and is now in with a shout of starting for England in Brazil. Adam Bate looks at the midfielder's importance...

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bernsteinforpm (Manchester City) says...

From the team named tonight I'd rather see Sterling and Oxlade-Chamberlain in for Welbeck and Henderson, but Henderson has proved many people wrong already and certainly deserves a place in the squad.

Posted 7:39pm 30th May 2014

ronmanager says...

Humble opinion, England do not lack individually talented players in any position, they lack confidence as a group. When the going gets tough, they fall apart pretty quickly, loose shape, loose any spark of creativity, loose discipline and confidence in themselves. I beleive at the root of it is a fear to stick their head above the rest as they know if it goes wrong they will be the fall guy rather than the manager or the collective team.

Posted 6:33pm 30th May 2014

bobsy (Liverpool) says...

chelseablue_no2 - you mean that gerrard the boring one was so desperate to buy? 2 attempts in 2 years wasn't it? it wasn't to play with lampard, be clear on that!

Posted 2:40pm 30th May 2014

thebigshow says...

Given that England won't keep the ball as well as Liverpool I do have fears that Gerrard doesn't have the legs to screen the defence properly. That I think was the main reason Liverpool conceded a lot of goals last year but Rodgers obviously felt that this compromise was worth it for better ball retention and also what Gerrard offers from set-pieces. England will be under more pressure, our opposition won't give it away as easily as a lot of Liverpool's opponents. If you're going to put out a team that in some way mirrors Liverpool then they have to make sure they keep the ball and don't invite pressure, because when Liverpool did that last season they got punished.

Posted 11:52am 30th May 2014

chelseablue_no1 (Chelsea) says...

@HarryBoulton - You mean now that Gerrard sits deeper he can hit those 60 yard balls without them going out of play.

Posted 10:11am 30th May 2014

overmars (Arsenal) says...

But what about his Gait? I thought Fergie was god in Britain? Having said that he is probably one of the more 'complete', all round English midfielders. However, Matthieu "Do that again and I'll blind you" Flamini regularly covers 14 km per game.

Posted 10:00am 30th May 2014

no-talent_jones (Aston Villa) says...

It strikes me that he and Wilshere are absolutely ideal for this 'side-midfielder' role in a diamond with Lallana or Sterling behind two strikers. We all know Roy will go 4-4-2 with Milner though...

Posted 9:43am 30th May 2014

rickyrickett (Manchester United) says...

I agree, and I'm a Utd fan. Looking at England's setup and options in midfield, I can't really think of a reason why you would not play him given the effectiveness with which he has combined with Gerrard this season. Alongside Wilshere or Lallana that's a pretty dynamic trio capable of keeping the ball (in theory anyway...).

Posted 9:38am 30th May 2014

HarryBoulton says...

There is no doubt in my mind that the form of Sturridge, Sterling and Henderson is key to Englands chances this summer. All three have had exceptional seasons. And with Gerrard sitting deep these days, England have been crying out for a midfielder that can do a bit of everything, and that midfielder is Henderson. Barry and Carrick, even Lamps these days, would be practically treading on Gerrards toes, while Cleverley would be quivering in the centre circle, scared to do anything at all for fear of getting it wrong. Henderson is oozing confidence and form, and coupled with Wilshere perhaps or a Barkley or Milner, they would form a pretty tidy midfield two ahead of Gerrard. Sturridge up top with Rooney and Sterling; laughing.

Posted 7:22pm 29th May 2014

fresh (Liverpool) says...

I noticed this last season, he is almost always moving,looking ahead for the next pass, seems to have learnt a lot from gerrard., just add some goals now and he would be numero uno

Posted 3:46pm 29th May 2014

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