Friday 23 March 2018

It doesn't matter if I don't captain England at the World Cup - Jordan Henderson

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will again wear the England skipper's armband against the Netherlands, but he won't be fussed if he is overlooked at the World Cup.
Gareth Southgate's decision to drop Wayne Rooney led to the captaincy being shared around, with the England boss looking to use it as an opportunity to improve leadership. Henderson will skipper his country for a fifth time under Southgate when England play Holland in Amsterdam on Friday, but injured striker Harry Kane has been hotly tipped to lead the team in Russia.

He said "I always say whether it's Liverpool or England, it's not just me who is a leader, I feel as though the responsibility is shared, which is why the manager decided to share the captaincy out over the last year or so, which I feel again has helped us as a team. I feel as though leaders have come out of their shell even more, younger players have come out of the shadows even more and I think that's really important. Obviously the manager is going to announce a captain for the tournament in the summer, but, to be honest, I don't think that matters too much - because of how close we are as a group and the leaders that I feel have sort of stepped forward now, four or five or even more in the team. I think that's the biggest thing that we've got out of the last few months, which I think will put us in good stead going into the tournament in the summer."

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