Search

Henderson eyes England starting role after claiming training camp scalps

PUBLISHED: 16:36 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:36 13 June 2018

England's Jordan Henderson (left) and Jesse Lingard during the training session at the Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium, Repino (Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA)

England's Jordan Henderson (left) and Jesse Lingard during the training session at the Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium, Repino (Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

England midfielder Jordan Henderson is ready to fight Eric Dier for a World Cup starting spot - and will be hoping that duel goes the same way as their table tennis matches.

As manager Gareth Southgate prepares for Monday’s Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, the choice of who will act as the Three Lions’ midfield ‘pivot’ is among his toughest decisions.

Henderson and Dier both played key roles in England’s qualification for the World Cup, but one of them looks set to miss out next week as the manager only has space for one holding midfielder.

“We’ve been kicking each other in training! Nah, I’m joking,” Liverpool captain Henderson said, smiling after the strapping on Dier’s thigh was pointed out.

“I think he’s OK. Yeah, he’s got strapping but I think he’s just had that little knock for a while, but I think he’s fine now.

“We get on well. I get on well with Eric. He’s a great lad, he’s a fantastic player.

“It’s not just me and him fighting for places, it’s the whole team.

“There’s some fantastic players within the squad and everybody wants to play, of course.

“But it is about the 23 at the end of the day and if you’re going to progress through the tournament you need everyone.”

Henderson has not spoken to Dier about Southgate’s comments regarding the defensive midfield role, but they are spending time together away from the field.

The pair are among those enjoying table tennis in their downtime, with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s social media post of his smiling Liverpool team-mate under the comment ‘who’s table tennis champ’ suggesting there is a standout player.

When the title of table tennis champion was put to the midfielder after training on Wednesday, Henderson said with a laugh: “Yeah, that sounds good!

“Me and Trent had a few games.

“Raheem (Sterling) likes it, Eric likes it as well, so there’s a few of us that (enjoy) big competition in there.”

That would seem to epitomise the team spirit within the camp and “togetherness” is something Henderson highlighted as important this time around.

The 27-year-old knows all too well what can happen when that camaraderie falters, having been part of the poor 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 campaigns.

“Well, we’ve got high expectations because we believe we have got good players,” Henderson said in an interview with talkSPORT and BBC Radio 5 Live.

“We believe we can do well in the competition, but it is up to us to go and show that on the pitch, keep working the way we have been and then you never know what can happen.

“It was a good session (on Wednesday). Not too much after the travelling yesterday but good to get out here, good to get to preparations started for the first game.”

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

Barking theatre company Studio 3 Arts is launching a fringe arts festival.

Yesterday, 17:28

Belgium and Tunisia have met on three previous occasions in all competitions, with a win apiece and a draw. The encounters have been tight affairs, with victories decided by one-goal margins, but today’s match didn’t follow the same trend.

Yesterday, 16:00

Eastbury Manor House is celebrating one hundred years since it was saved from demolition.

Yesterday, 13:01

Nottinghamshire required just an hour and three-quarters on the fourth morning of the Specsavers County Championship game at Chelmsford to remove the last six Essex wickets and claim victory.

Yesterday, 12:57

Lakeside Hammers team boss Will Pottinger admits his side have “momentum” after a nail-biting away win at Scunthorpe on Friday night.

I feel like Sir David Attenborough has been lying to us. Not about the plastic thing, sadly. I miss having my individually wrapped peanut halves. But he’s been lying about nature.

Yesterday, 12:00

Gareth Southgate’s promising young England side look ready to make a mark on the world stage and help atone for the disappointments of recent tournaments.

Knife crime is increasing in our borough, particularly among young people.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now