The Liverpool Echo report that former Manchester City player Stefan Savic has described Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson as “ugly and disrespectful”.
Henderson appeared in England’s 5-1 win over Montenegro in a game marred by alleged racist chants from home fans.
The Liverpool midfielder was a second half substitute, playing a key role in goals for Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. His assist for the latter was particularly impressive, slotting the ball perfectly through the opposition’s defence.
Savic has criticised Henderson for refusing to swap shirts with the Montenegro players at the final whistle.
Savic played for Manchester City from 2011-12 and has represented Montenegro 50 times to date.
He said: “We all know they are a much bigger team than us but sometimes I feel very bad to be playing the same sport as some players.
“Jordan Henderson, for example, sarcastically told our player after one normal clash he would give him a jersey after the match.
“It is ugly and disrespectful. I told him he was good enough not to act like that.
“We are proud and I’d rather play with this team and concede five goals and not with some arrogant players from England.”
The comments directed at Henderson have come as somewhat of a surprise considering the circumstances.
His role as captain reflects this, and he has been seen to be very charitable and kindhearted off the pitch.
He and Adam Lallana last year hosted Christmas parties for underprivileged children in Liverpool, for example.
Savic’s comments are surprising considering the abuse aimed at England players, including ex-Red Sterling, Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
UEFA has since charged Montenegro with racist behaviour following the game.