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England News: Henderson keen to focus on Russia

1 year ago

In the latest England news, Jordan Henderson has admitted it’s taken him a while to get over Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat but now he’s ready to help the Three Lions in their bid for World Cup glory.

Henderson was the Reds skipper as they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid last month as Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered European heartache at the final hurdle.

Midfielder Henderson and his club-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold were named in Gareth Southgate’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup and the duo have now joined up with the rest of the players preparing for Russia after being granted extra time off in the wake of the Champions League final.

Henderson, who has been given the No.8 shirt for the summer tournament, is expected to start Thursday’s final warm-up game against Costa Rica at Elland Road and the 27-year-old admits he’s keen to get back out on the pitch after struggling to come to terms with Liverpool’s defeat in Kiev.

“It’s been difficult over the last 10 days. It was hard to take,” he said. “I’ve had a little bit of time off and time with the family, which was important.

“It was good to get my head around it and have some down-time to refocus on what is important and that is the World Cup now. That is where the focus has got to be. I think it is a good thing, I get straight back to business.

“What’s important is doing the best I can for the national team.”

Henderson missed the 2-1 win over Nigeria on Saturday but will be aiming to impress on Thursday as he battles for a starting role in the World Cup, for which England are 16/1 to win with bet365, amid competition from the likes of Eric Dier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fabien Delph.

England’s Group G campaign begins with a clash against Tunisia on June 18, before games against Panama (June 24) and Belgium (June 28).