2 tackles, 6 accurate long balls: Liverpool man plays his role to perfection for national side


2 tackles, 6 accurate long balls: Henderson outstanding for England

Jordan Henderson captained England in their win over Andorra on Sunday, giving a fantastic performance.

The Liverpool man was at the centre of things for his side as the Three Lions strolled to an easy win in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

England 4-0 Andorra

England made 11 changes from their 4-0 win over Hungary on Thursday. The likes of Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Patrick Bamford came into the side.

They were expected to blow the 158th-ranked side in the world over without much issue.

However, it was not that simple. While they had a humongous share of possession, it took until late into the game to really break Andorra down.

Jesse Lingard did open the scoring after 18 minutes with a good strike from inside the box.

But that was as good as the first half got.

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The second half was very similar. England had an unbelievable amount of possession, but little attacking impetus.

It took the introduction of Harry Kane, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount on the hour mark to put the game to bed.

Kane tucked a penalty away after 72 minutes before Lingard scored his second six minutes later.

Bukayo Saka sealed the win with five minutes to go after he headed in a Lingard cross following a smart Alexander-Arnold corner.

Henderson outstanding for England in two roles

Jordan Henderson formed part of a very exciting England midfield three alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jude Bellingham.

Liverpool fans were interested to see what happened with their captain, right-back and dream signing playing alongside each other in the centre of the pitch.

Henderson made everything tick with a perfect No 6 performance.

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Energy, aggressiveness and intent on the ball – it was exactly what a manager would want from someone in that position.

Every time he received the ball, he looked to play forwards. This is something that England lack at times.

He made the most passes on the pitch, with 109. He maintained a very impressive 92% pass success rate.

Six of these passes were accurate long balls, which goes to show how underrated a passer the Sunderland-born player is.

Henderson also made two tackles from two attempts and won all five of his defensive duels, so didn’t shirk from his defensive duty at all.

Gareth Southgate did switch a few things up at halftime. Henderson was moved from the No 6 role to the No 8 role, where he got forward a bit more.

He was then restored to his starting position fifteen minutes later.

Hopefully, the Liverpool captain will have put his name in Southgate’s head. As good as Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice are, Henderson is simply better.

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