Jordan Henderson said he found comments from Roy Keane ‘quite funny’ on his return to the England setup. The Liverpool captain isn’t going to Euro 2020 just for show.
Roy Keane recently questioned why Jordan Henderson was going to Euro 2020. The Liverpool captain was out from February until June, after all, meaning he’s very low on match fitness.
Despite that, Gareth Southgate picked him and Henderson made his return to football at the weekend. He came on at half-time for Kalvin Phillips, though did miss a penalty in the 1-0 win over Romania.
Keane doesn’t believe Henderson can be fit enough to play a part, however. He wondered whether the 30-year-old ‘does card tricks’ to keep morale up and whether that was worthy of a place in the squad.
Naturally, Henderson was asked what he thought of the comments. And it turns out he really wasn’t bothered.
Jordan Henderson responds to Roy Keane
“To be fair to Roy, he can say what he wants about me,” said Henderson, per the Mirror.
“He give us me debut [at Sunderland] and I wouldn’t be here without him giving us that. He can say whatever he wants about me. I found it quite funny, actually.
“So, yeah, listen, we know a little bit more detail, I know more detail and so does the manager, which Roy may not.
“But in terms of stuff like that, everyone’s going to have an opinion, everybody’s going to think they know better than everybody else.”
Henderson at Euro 2020
There’s no real doubt that Henderson will play a part at Euro 2020. Yes, it would be better for him and England if he’d played the whole season but he still offers more than enough to have an impact.
In fact, it would have been quite mad not to take him as long as he’s anything close to fit. Henderson is simultaneously the most experienced player in the squad and the most successful.
Henderson’s affect on teams just cannot be understated. He’s lost two Premier League games in the last two and a half years when starting in midfield – it’s a phenomenal record. Liverpool are demonstrably worse when he’s not there.
Getting Henderson on the pitch in key games will be vital if England want to go far. Even if he doesn’t play every game and needs rest at times, there’s no doubt that he’ll help the team towards success.