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Henderson named on bench: big Euros role incoming - RTK View

Jordan Henderson has been named on the England bench in their final pre-Euros friendly game against Romania today.

Gareth Southgate confirmed that he would play some part in the game, but the fact that he has been named as a sub shows that there have been no setbacks since then.

This most likely means that he will feature at some stage in the game and get some minutes in his legs.

If he does so, Henderson will probably be ready to play a key role for the Three Lions in the Euro 2020 competition.

Southgate’s side take on Romania in a 5pm kick-off at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

With Liverpool captain Henderson on the bench, England will start with Kalvin Phillips and James Ward-Prowse in centre-midfield.

It is their last match before they face Croatia in their Euro 2020 opener next Sunday.

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If Henderson is fit for the bench today he will be fit to start at the Euros

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Jordan Henderson’s fitness has been a key talking point heading into the Euros. He has not played since the Merseyside derby back in February due to a groin injury.

Many believed that he should not have been picked in the squad if he was not fully fit.

However, today’s news is evidence that the 30-year-old should be near-100% for the first game of the tournament.

If he is fit enough to play any minutes at all today, he should be fit enough to play the majority of the game a week from now.

He has been in full training for some time, so should be ready to go.

It is good news for England fans, as Henderson is their best midfielder. He has performed at a world-class level for the last three years or so.

His ability to play at No 6 or at No 8 will be vital for Southgate’s team, as will his top-quality leadership and organizational skills.

It will be interesting to see how long he gets on the pitch today. Liverpool fans in particular will be keen to see what shape he is in.

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