England midfielder Jordan Henderson has revealed his delight at being chosen to captain the international team.
With Wayne Rooney out for England’s friendly against Spain with an injury, Liverpool skipper Henderson was chosen by interim manager Gareth Southgate to lead the team out.
“It’s a huge honour to captain your country,” he told the Sunday Express. “Whether I’m captain or not, I try to lead by example on and off the field, helping players around us. I just do what I’ve always done.
“Obviously I was given it [the captaincy] for a reason and I don’t really need to change, but I need to keep learning and progressing and that’s my aim.”
Henderson also had praise for Southgate, saying the team had progressed well under him.
“We’re all very supportive of the manager. After our work on the training field and in the meetings we’ve had I feel we’re definitely going in the right direction.
“Hopefully if we can qualify for Russia we want to be going there full of confidence and belief not that we have the potential to be a very good team, but that we are a very good team.
“We were very disappointed in the summer. The players were more frustrated than anybody else. It hurt us.
“But I feel we have responded in the right way. I think you can see the progress from the last few games. Now we have to keep doing that, we have to keep improving.
“We’ve done everything we can, but it’s up to the FA now to decide who they appoint. It’s out of our hands now, but I know the players and manager have given all they’ve got for the last few games he [Southgate] has been in charge.”
With Liverpool also currently top of the league, Henderson is being cautiously optimistic about the team’s title chances.
“It’s only the start of the season and we have to continue the way we’v e been playing for the whole of the season,” he added. “It’s early days yet, and we’ve got a long way to go.”
With controversy surrounding Wayne Rooney and England’s captaincy, do you think Henderson would make a good England captain?