Danny Murphy explains why Jordan Henderson shouldn’t be overlooked in favour of Eric Dier in Gareth Southgate’s team for the World Cup.
The World Cup starts on Thursday as Russia kick things off against Saudi Arabia but seeing as neither are expected to do anything brilliant, all eyes are turning to other teams of interest.
England’s World Cup team has plenty talent but is flawed in many ways – just like past generations.
One question that many have is who will play in midfield and after Gareth Southgate hinted that his side might only have room for one holding midfielder, debate has been sparked over who should start between Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson.
Danny Murphy has weighed in, saying it would be a mistake to drop Henderson in favour of Spurs’ Dier.
“If you’re going to play one, I’d play Henderson all day because of his athleticism,” Murphy told ESPN.
“He’s quicker than Dier, he gets about more, he gets his foot in. Dier gets his foot in but Henderson has that pace to recover. Dier’s recovery runs aren’t as good as Henderson’s.
“Maybe you could argue Dier’s a better passer or can drop in as a centre-half but I just think against a good side or quick side, you’d want a central midfielder sitting who’s got legs.”