Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Henderson hopeful over fitness for Croatia clash

Henderson hopeful over fitness for Croatia clash

The England squad took part in the slightly unusual warm-up drill yesterday ahead of their semi-final with Croatia in Moscow. "We'll just have to assess the bodies", said Southgate.

Discussing Klopp's response to England doing so well, Henderson admits the German tactician is delighted and has texted him to say so every time they've progressed further in the competition.

"Playing in those big games is something special and it gives you confidence to know that you can perform at the very, very top against the best players in the world and I've just tried to continue that with England".

The 28-year-old has not tasted defeat in an England shirt since the last World Cup four years ago, going on a 30-match unbeaten run that is the longest of any player in the country's history.

'It's down to us as a team.

Henderson has been instrumental in helping England reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.


Former England defender Stuart Pearce believes Jordan Henderson is proving himself to be England's most natural leader rather than the man now wearing the armband, Harry Kane.

"I'll obviously speak to the forwards and tell them what I think", Henderson said.

"He's suffered a lot of a criticism but he's bounced back so well".

"But he is not only a workhorse, he is a really good footballer as well so I am happy for him that he is getting a little bit of the light and it is well deserved".

"I'm so pleased for him because he's a great person as well".

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