By Danny Wright
Phil Neville has hailed Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson for the role he played in England’s 2-1 win over Slovakia on Monday night.
Henderson, 27, wore the captain’s armband as Gareth Southgate’s side came from behind to take a commanding five point lead at the top of Group F in the 2018 World Cup qualifying stage.
Goals from Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford earned the Three Lions victory and although it was the latter who pick up the man of the match award, ex-England international Neville thinks it should have gone to Henderson.
“I saw someone in the England team who took responsibility, who wasn’t afraid to take the ball forward, cajoling, encouraging his team-mates,” said former Man United and Everton defender, as quoted on BBC 5 Live Sport’s official Twitter account on Monday night.
“He’s prime candidate to be captain of England permanently.”
"I’d have given it to Jordan Henderson tonight"
Marcus Rashford won MOTM for England but @Fizzer18 doesn't agree
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) September 4, 2017
Henderson earned his 34th international cap in the win over Slovakia in what was the third time in a row he has captained his nation.
The ex-Sunderland midfielder is constantly on the receiving end of criticism from both England and Liverpool fans for not being good enough or exciting enough for the teams he plays for.
Nevertheless, along with Neville, both Southgate and Jurgen Klopp see him as a crucial player in their respective squads.
So far this term, Henderson has made five appearances for Liverpool, completing 90 minutes in all but one of those matches.
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