Another game, another fantastic performance from Jordan Henderson at the World Cup.
England’s No.8 was dominant against Sweden on Saturday as Gareth Southgate’s men won 2-0 and progressed into the semi-finals.
Calm, composed and creative, Henderson dictated play in the middle of the park and rarely gave the ball away.
He’s turned his doubters into fans over the past three weeks, with Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand both lauding the Liverpool captain after the game.
“Jordan Henderson was excellent,” said Shearer. “There was such a drive in his performance. He covered everywhere.”
And Ferdinand added: “I think Jordan Henderson’s stock has gone up. He proved he can play it forward and he’s done it better than anyone else today.
“The defensive work; the ground he covered, was phenomenal. If [Andrea] Pirlo plays that ball we are sat here celebrating it so why not Jordan?
ENGLAND’S UNSUNG HERO
“It’s his character. A big part of his make up is that.”
Henderson was once at risk of not starting for Southgate at the World Cup but he’s it was the right decision.
And he showed just how confident he is at the moment with an uncharacteristic piece of skill in the build-up to the corner that Harry Maguire scored from.
In the video(s) below, Henderson receives the ball from John Stones with an opponent pressing him but produces a no-look flick to find Dele Alli.
Alli then plays the ball out wide to Kieran Tripper, whose cross gets put out for a corner and England break the deadlock through Maguire.
HENDERSON OR MODRIC?
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Turns out Henderson has got the flicks and tricks in his locker. The 28-year-old is renowned for keeping things simple yet even he is showing his flamboyant side in Russia.
And long may it continue if it means England beat Croatia in Wednesday’s semi-final and reach the World Cup final.