It’s taken him far longer than he would have liked, but Jordan Henderson is finally convincing people that he’s worthy of England’s starting lineup.
The Liverpool captain has been highly criticised throughout his career as not being up to scratch and arrived at this World Cup surrounded by doubts over having a place in the starting XI.
Fast forward three weeks and England are preparing for a World Cup semi-final – and they wouldn’t dream of leaving Henderson out of the side.
His performances in the holding midfield role have been an enormous part of England’s success, epitomised by the game against Sweden.
Henderson’s passes, blocks, and tricks all drew acclaim from fans as he put his penalty miss vs Colombia firmly behind him.
And the victory over Sweden also continued an incredible statistic of Henderson’s: it took his unbeaten run with the national side to 30 matches – the longest of any player in England’s history.
It’s an incredible record and one that you have to be a pretty decent player to hold.
But no matter how highly you regard the 29-year-old, you almost certainly don’t rate him for his skills – and that’s why this video of him on Soccer AM’s Skill Skool comes as a surprise.
Henderson appeared on the show as a teenager in 2008, back when he was in Sunderland’s academy.
You can check out his performance below:
— Waq (@WaqtinAFool) July 8, 2018
We’ll leave it up to you to pick a winner there.
It’s impressive stuff from Henderson, although he clearly abandoned his plans to be the English Ronaldinho soon after, instead becoming a tireless midfielder with incredible work ethic – probably a wise move.
He made his debut for Sunderland later that year before moving to Liverpool in 2011 and nearly captaining them to the Champions League trophy last season.
But while he narrowly missed out with Liverpool, Henderson now has a chance at something even more special – if he can just stretch that record to 32.