Neville leads plaudits as punditry trio hail Henderson

Date published: Tuesday 19th June 2018 9:35

Gary Neville and two other pundits have poured praise on Liverpool and England midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Henderson was one of the better players as England opened their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over Tunisia.

You should read 16 Conclusions from the game, but also hear the thoughts of Neville, who hailed the midfielder.

“His game’s changed so much,” he told ITV. “Think about four years ago when Liverpool nearly won the league under Brendan Rodgers… he was a box-to-box midfield player and Steven Gerrard was sitting in there.

“Now he has evolved his game, he’s matured,” he added, before referring to analysis from fellow pundit Martin O’Neill. “He’s able to do what Martin’s just showed us in terms of sitting back. He wouldn’t have been able to do that a few years ago.

“He wants to learn all the time, he works hard, he’s conscientious, he’s a manager’s dream. And tonight – when he was under pressure to win the spot, he looks like he’s cemented his spot.”

Republic of Ireland manager O’Neill echoed Neville’s sentiments.

“I have a lot of time for him as well because in his early days at Liverpool he had a real struggle to win the fans over,” he said. “He was playing wide right, then they moved him infield.

“It’s taken him a bit of time but I feel as if his experiences over the past couple of years for Liverpool – particularly playing Champions League football – have given him this confidence now.

“Tonight he was excellent.”

Lee Dixon was similarly impressed.

“We’ve been singing his praises for the last three or four internationals and also for Liverpool this season,” he added.

“I’ve watched Liverpool a lot and he goes under the radar a lot. He’s that link, that little glue to everything.

“But also his passing over the past two years has got so much better.”


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