By Matt Lynch
Jordan Henderson has admitted he needs to prove his fitness to England ahead of Euro 2016.
The Liverpool captain has endured a frustrating end to the season at Anfield due to injury, but he is still hopeful of being named in Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad.
Sunderland-born Henderson played the full match for England on Friday night as they continued their preparations for the summer tournament by beating Australia 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.
Henderson, who took over from Steven Gerrard at Anfield last summer, limped off injured in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw away to Borussia Dortmund in early April and there were initial fears he could miss the Euros due to a knee injury, but he has made a quicker recovery than expected.
The 25-year-old has subsequently been on a recovery programme and he admitted to Sky Sports: “I am still proving (my fitness).”
Henderson, who has earned 25 England caps, is looking to be fully fit for England’s first game against Russia on Saturday 11 June. Henderson
He said: “Come the first game of the Euros, hopefully, I am on that plane and ready to go.”
Fellow Liverpool team-mates Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana started against Australia on Friday but Daniel Sturridge was not involved and there are doubts over whether the striker will be fit for the tournament, which starts on 10 June.
In other Liverpool news, a top German international has performed a big u-turn on his future.