Henderson leading England’s core with ‘winning edge’
Gareth Southgate believes there is a “winning edge” within England’s core which can drive them to Euros glory with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire have stepped up to become leaders within the squad.
EuroJournal reports that Henderson who under normal circumstances would be a starter for England has never once complained about being a bit-part player, a substitute or just part of the squad after an injury disrupted season for Liverpool.
Henderson’s popularity and influence within the squad was highlighted when he broke his duck and scored his first goal for England and it was teenage midfield star Bellingham who raced over to celebrate with him. The new, younger generation have seamlessly slotted into the group.
Southgate said: “We talked a lot in the autumn about how that group had allowed a younger group to come in and have a profile because of the team, based on the hard work of those who had gone before.
“I think the newer players recognise that and they appreciate the way those older guys have made them feel welcome. I loved some of the reaction on the bench when Hendo scored because you could see the younger players were totally delighted for him.
“There’s a lovely moment with Jude, that shows you what Hendo brings to our environment that the players were so pleased for him. We all were. He’s really accepted that this was going to be a difficult and different challenge but he’s totally thrown himself into it.”