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BREAKING NEWS: Jordan Henderson has been added to England squad despite missing Liverpool’s last three games with injury, while Jurgen Klopp gives his blessing despite previously saying his situation was ‘not good’
- Jordan Henderson has been added to the England squad for their upcoming matches
- Gareth Southgate initially did not name Jordan Henderson in his 28-man roster
- However, he will now make the trip to Milan and play for England at Wembley
- His availability is a boost for boss Southgate, who saw Kalvin Phillips pull out
- Henderson was forced out in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle
- As a result, Henderson has served out Liverpool’s last three games due to his problem
Jordan Henderson has been added to England’s squad for the games against Italy and Germany after a faster-than-expected return from injury.
When Henderson damaged his hamstring in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle on August 31, it was intended that he would be banned from these Nations League games, with club manager Jurgen Klopp deeming the situation ‘not good’.
But once the injury started to settle, Henderson personally hoped he would make enough progress for Gareth Southgate to include him in his plans for England’s final camp before the World Cup, and he’d stayed in touch with the head coach.
Henderson has been added to the England squad for their matches against Italy and Germany
Jurgen Klopp has given his blessing despite previously saying his situation was ‘not good’
Southgate initially did not mention Henderson at his 28-man party for the trip to Milan and the clash at Wembley, which he announced last Thursday, as the 32-year-old had not played in any of Liverpool’s three previous games.
However, the plan was for Henderson to join, provided he got through some sessions over the weekend without a hitch and because that was the case, he reported to St George’s Park late Monday – no players traveled to Burton while The Funeral of the queen was in full swing.
Gareth Southgate initially did not name Jordan Henderson in his 28-man England squad
Henderson was forced out in the 71st minute of Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle due to injury
Klopp was happy his captain was going away with England to get some playing time and is not worried about his condition as there was a possibility he could have been included in Liverpool’s roster for their planned trip to Chelsea last weekend, if it had not been postponed .
Henderson’s availability is certainly a boost for Southgate, who saw Kalvin Phillips retire this weekend.
As a result, Henderson has been out of Liverpool’s last three games due to his hamstring problem
Henderson’s availability is certainly a boost for the England manager, who saw Kalvin Phillips (right) retire this weekend.
There are also concerns about the form of West Ham’s Declan Rice, who disappointed in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday, and Chelsea’s Mason Mount; Jude Bellingham and James Ward-Prowse were the other selected midfielders.
For Henderson, the potential to be involved in this camp was of great importance. He played just once for England in 2022 – the friendly against Switzerland at Wembley on March 26 – and did not play in four games in June, as Southgate believed he would benefit from a break.
But as this was the last chance for the England squad to be together before they leave for Qatar in November, Henderson didn’t want to miss out, as did Southgate, who consider him one of his key characters.