By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore hailed Jordan Henderson as “outstanding” after the Liverpool player helped England secure a 2-0 win against Malta in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Midfielder Henderson produced a pin-point cross for Reds teammate Daniel Sturridge to open the scoring, before Dele Alli scrambled home the second just before half-time.
Henderson, 26, played the full 90 minutes of the Saturday night clash, as interim boss Gareth Southgate secured his first win in front of 81,718 spectators at Wembley.
Former Liverpool striker Collymore was impressed with Henderson’s performance in an analysis of the midfielder’s strengths during the game.
“Not least Jordan Henderson, who was the outstanding player here,” Collymore wrote in his Mirror column. “He did very well getting in behind their defensive midfield, provided four or five good crosses, and even did well getting beyond their back four.
“He popped the ball round crisply and got the assist for the second goal as well.”
Henderson has played on 29 occasions for his home country, providing three assists, but is yet to get on the scoresheet.
This was the first time the national side took to the field since the sacking of former England manager Sam Allardyce, who left his post after one game following a newspaper sting.
Southgate comfortably secured England’s second win of the qualifiers, after Allardyce had previously secured a 1-0 win in Slovakia in his only game in charge.
Southgate’s side will now travel to Slovenia on Tuesday, as they hope to maintain a 100 per cent winning record during their qualifying campaign.
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