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Henderson has huge chance to cement his legacy - RTK View

Tonight, Jordan Henderson has the chance to add to his footballing legacy.

England will face Italy in the Euro 2020 final in Wembley.

It is the Three Lions’ first major tournament final since 1966.

The country has reached euphoria, with excitement and buzz at an all-time high for the national side.

From a Liverpool standpoint, the main talking point is Henderson.

After Trent Alexander-Arnold dropped out of the squad through injury, the Reds’ captain remained as Liverpool’s only representative in the squad.

Things haven’t gone according to plan for him personally.

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He was still recovering from a serious injury when the tournament started, meaning that he did not secure a spot in the regular starting XI.

England have been unbeaten with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips as the midfield pair. It has been near-impossible to drop either of them thus far.

While many, us included, believe that Henderson should be starting this final, it is unlikely.

However, he will play a big role off the bench.

If he helps England to victory, there will be no doubting his status as a legend of the game.

Henderson legacy already strong – international success will make it stronger

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As a Premier League and Champions League-winning captain, Henderson is already a legend of football in our eyes.

He has been a pivotal part of one of the best club sides that the Premier League has ever seen.

Even without all the trophies, he has been a player for one of the world’s biggest teams for over a decade, captaining them for half of that.

He has won the league, the Champions League, the World Cup, the League Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. If he manages to win an FA Cup and a Europa League before he retires, he will have won it all in the club game.

He even has a Player of the Season award to go with it.

If that is not the sign of a legendary player, then what is?

The only thing he is missing is an international honour. He will not get a bigger chance than he will today.

Of course, Henderson should be a guaranteed starter and key man in midfield. If it wasn’t for his injury struggles, he would be.

We would also argue, as would many others, that he should be captaining England, rather than Harry Kane.

While Kane is the star man, Henderson is by far the better leader and still a world-class player.

Yet just getting that medal will be good enough to cement his status.

Even those of us that do not support England would be delighted to see him posing with The Henri Delaunay Trophy tonight.

He well and truly deserves it.

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