Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson was “abysmal” for England against Czech Republic and will be “lucky” to keep his place tonight.
That is the verdict of ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider following the 29-year-old’s performance in England’s 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifier defeat on Friday.
Henderson partnered Declan Rice in central midfield and they struggled as Gareth Southgate’s side slumped to their first qualifier loss in 10 years
Henderson is skipper of the team with a 100 per cent record in this season’s Premier League but Whelan is not convinced he is the answer for England.
“Henderson was abysmal against the Czech Republic,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He wasn’t the only one, to be fair, most of the team was poor, including the centre-backs and full-backs.
“Henderson is a good player and has been around the England set-up a long time.
“But his passing was woeful and he was well below par against the Czech Republic. You can’t play like that at international level, and England found that to their cost.
“I’m not sure the partnership with Declan Rice works. It’s not creative enough. Neither of them are inventive on the ball.
“Henderson will be a bit lucky to play tonight.”
England are preparing for their second Euro 2020 away qualifier in four days as they take on Bulgaria this evening.
As revealed by Football Insider, Rice is set to miss the match with a virus and Tottenham’s Harry Winks is in line to replace him.