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Jordan Henderson backs England youth to overawe Germany and upset Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp

An England-Germany match-up stirs a huge pot of emotions – including a justifiable worry of history repeating itself – but the carefree kids in Gareth Southgate‘s squad will carry in a ‘no fear’ approach. Whether such a breezy outlook will survive all the way until kick-off we will see – the rivalry and the stakes make Tuesday’s Wembley clash a mountain of a game – but four days out all the young guns are feeling is excitement.

There is an inherent danger for the second-youngest squad in the Euros knockout stages that Germany’s greater experience – they had five thirty-somethings on the pitch against Hungary on Wednesday night – could be a disadvantage in such a high pressure game.

But England are banking on their youthful brio being a trump card.

“We’ve got quite a young squad but I think that can be a positive thing,” insisted Jordan Henderson, one of England’s old stagers at 31.

“A lot of these lads just go out, enjoy the game and play with no fear and that’s what they need to do again on Tuesday – go and show everybody how good they are and use the emotion and passion in the right way to give them energy for the game because that can be the difference.

“As an experienced player I can help with that and make sure we’re in the right frame of mind going into the game.

“A lot of the lads have played in huge games already – Champions League finals, cup finals, big games for England. They’re used to big games even though they’re young and I’m sure they’re looking forward to this one.”

For Henderson, the clash of rival nations is personal as well. The Liverpool captain had his German club manager Jurgen Klopp on minutes after the group stages were completed.

“As soon as the final whistle went he just sent a smiley face emoji,” said Henderson.

It is a fixture with so much baggage attached.

While the age profile of Gareth Southgate’s players renders their manager’s penalty miss at Euro ’96 and the parallel heartbreak of Italia ’90 a sepia irrelevance, they are very much alive to the fact that spot-kicks could again play their part.

England are honing their shoot-out skills just in case.

“I don’t want to go into too much detail. I can’t tell you too much. But the process is like you would do in a game,” said Henderson, who missed England’s last penalty in their final warm-up game against Romania.

Raheem Sterling is meanwhile eyeing a career-defining triumph at the Euros after his goals fired England into the last 16.

The Manchester City striker has won three Premier Leagues, an FA Cup and four Carabao Cups in his trophy-laden club career but views a major international tournament as the ultimate.

“I think winning something with the national team, England, would definitely be the greatest achievement that I can possibly do. I mean, not me but the team can possibly achieve,” said Sterling.

“I feel like you win stuff with your clubs and you know it’s a great achievement but this is on a bigger scale.

“You’re representing a nation, a country, so to achieve something with England it would be the biggest thing to happen in my footballing career.

“We need now to go against Germany and we need a big performance. If we’re going to win this tournament, if you’re going to be in with a shout, you’ve got to put in these big performances against the big sides and that’s what we’ll be looking to do on Tuesday.”

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England dealt Dean Henderson blow as Man Utd star withdraws from Euro 2020 through injury

Dean Henderson has been forced to withdraw from England’s squad for Euro 2020 after suffering a hip injury. The Manchester United goalkeeper has been replaced by Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the tournament.

Henderson was an unused substitute for England’s 1-0 win over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday and missed the squad’s subsequent training session on Monday.

England announced on Tuesday that they had decided to call up Ramsdale because Henderson’s injury would ‘continue to limit his involvement in training throughout the tournament.’

The 24-year-old goalkeeper will return to United for further assessment and rehabilitation ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Under UEFA rules, teams are allowed to replace goalkeepers because of injury at any point in the tournament and Ramsdale will join the squad at their St George’s Park training base after undergoing COVID-19 protocols.

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Speaking before Henderson’s withdrawal, United legend Rio Ferdinand expressed a belief the goalkeeper ‘still had a lot of work to do’.

“I think Dean Henderson has a lot to do still,” he said.

“He’s got to cement as his place as United’s No.1 before becoming England’s No.1.”

He then added: “He’s in the mix. I think that’s what he would have wanted. He was at Sheffield United last year, done remarkably well there.

“He’s come back to United and he’s pushing a goalkeeper who, for the last eight, nine years, has been one of the best goalkeepers around.

“For Dean Henderson just to be pushing him I think he’s done well.”

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Jude Bellingham tipped to be England’s breakout Euro 2020 star amid Jordan Henderson doubt

Jude Bellingham has shown enough promise to suggest he could be England’s breakthrough star at the European Championships. That is the opinion of Ian Wright, who believes the Borussia Dortmund midfielder is set to make an impact for Gareth Southgate’s side this summer.

The 17-year-old has beaten off competition from the likes of Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse to earn a place in Southgate’s final 26-man squad for the tournament.

He makes his first start for England in their friendly against Austria at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium tonight, partnering Declan Rice in midfield.

Bellingham only made his debut in November – and has played just twice for the Three Lions before Wednesday evening – but has made a real impression on Southgate.

The former Birmingham City midfielder contributed four goals and four assists in 45 appearances for Dortmund following his £25million move to Germany last year.

He appears to be behind Rice, Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips in the pecking order ahead of England’s opening Euro 2020 game against Croatia on June 13.

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Liverpool midfielder Henderson remains an injury doubt, having failed to recover to full fitness following a groin injury in February.

With Southgate choosing not to select Lingard and Ward-Prowse when he reduced his squad from 33 names to 26, Bellingham could play an important role at Euro 2020.

If Henderson is not fit to start against Croatia next Sunday then the youngster could be thrust into the spotlight.

Meanwhile, despite not making the squad, Lingard starts against Austria, with England missing the Chelsea and Manchester City players who played in the Champions League final on the weekend.

Trent Alexander-Arnold also starts, alongside Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish.

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Liverpool star Jordan Henderson calls European Super League meeting with fellow captains

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Dean Henderson admission made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Burnley display

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been given “a wake-up call” following a below-par display against Burnley.

Henderson has usurped David de Gea as United’s first choice goalkeeper in Premier League matches, starting each of the last six matches in the division.

The 24-year-old has conceded just three goals in that run and has generally impressed with his strong command of his area and shot-stopping skills.

However, the England international gave an erratic display against the Clarets on Sunday; he was caught in no man’s land after just 20 seconds when Chris Wood converted a cross – which was disallowed for offside – and conceded from James Tarkowski’s header from a corner five minutes after the break.

Solskjaer offered an honest assessment of Henderson's performance against the Clarets
Solskjaer offered an honest assessment of Henderson’s performance against the Clarets

The Red Devils ran out 3-1 victors thanks to a Mason Greenwood double and late Edinson Cavani strike, but boss Solskjaer admitted that his young goalkeeper was still learning and developing.

“The first one is a wake-up call for him, he’s a proactive keeper and luckily he was offside so another win and Dean is still learning and maturing,” Solskjaer admitted.

“You never know [against Burnley], anything can happen in either box. Any time they get a cross in with their quality you’ve got your heart in your mouth.

“We built some pressure, especially down the left, wanted to do the right things and we got the goals we wanted.”

Henderson had starred over the previous two seasons on loan at Sheffield United before returning to Old Trafford this summer and earning a new long-term contract.

The United youth graduate had spent most of the campaign as deputy to De Gea – 13 of Henderson’s 21 starts have come in cup competitions – but the Spaniard’s form has led to Henderson being afforded an extended run in the team.

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Gareth Southgate must sacrifice Jordan Henderson for Phil Foden at the Euros

Gareth Southgate should go for broke this summer – and put Phil Foden at the heart of England’s assault on the Euros.

As we try to topple the finest the continent can offer, the Three Lions’ chief needs to look at the Manchester City playmaker and think of the upside.

And that means putting faith in the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ from the off and making him our trump card.

This week, I’ve been thinking long and hard about our approach to this tournament and I’ve come to the conclusion that Foden’s inclusion is the best way forward.

So far, he’s been used off the bench and pretty sparingly.

But I think the potential rewards are so great that picking the 20-year-old makes perfect sense to me.

Gareth has plumped for a 4-3-3 system throughout the majority of his time in charge – and I think he’s right to try others – but that’s the way I think he’ll go.

Foden needs to start for England.

England are strong at full-back with athletic runners and West Ham’s Declan Rice is now the main man at the holding role in front of the back four.

Ordinarily, the choice would then be Jordan Henderson and Chelsea’s Mason Mount – but I think Liverpool’s skipper could be sacrificed because Foden needs to be at the centre of it all.

He can hold the ball, keep things ticking along, produce intricate passes further up the pitch – something that none of his rivals can.

So the question then is, do we go for evolution with him coming on as a substitute now and again, or do we take a bold approach?

I say we roll the dice.

Now, I love Henderson to bits. He’s a winner, a great captain on the pitch and Liverpool fans always moan about how much worse they are without him.

Jordan Henderson may have to sacrificed.
Jordan Henderson may have to sacrificed.

But I’ve got a feeling that if we let Foden loose on the rest of Europe that we will see an even greater return at the World Cup next year.

I do think there are a couple of other spots that are not necessarily up for grabs but where England’s head coach has a decision to make.

One of those is in goal.

Gareth’s naturally conservative and does like to go with what he knows.

And he likes what Jordan Pickford gave him out in Russia but more minutes in goal for Burnley’s Nick Pope is going to be no bad thing.

Pope has enjoyed a solid season and done little wrong.

It could come down to how he impresses during the next two games – and also how Everton’s keeper finishes the current Premier League campaign when he returns to full fitness.

Southgate will have some big decisions to make.
Southgate will have some big decisions to make.

Elsewhere, there are options aplenty – particularly up front.

Totenham’s Harry Kane is a world-class striker, his position is not in question.

What is open for some debate is who operates outside him. I’m not convinced that he has totally bought into Jack Aston Villa’s Grealish yet. Perhaps not enough to start him ahead of others in that position outside England’s captain, anyway.

I’d expect Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford to be the ones chosen to start

But I would take Jack because he does offer flexibility and something different to the others.

And there will be players such as United’s Jesse Lingard, on loan at West Ham, who will have done their chances of a late call-up the world of good.

He might be a wildcard.

Gareth did exactly the right thing in leaving out so many of his big-hitters.

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He was rewarded by the group’s two biggest challengers – Poland and Hungary – sharing the points in midweek which has only strengthened his hand.

I don’t expect his approach to change too much for the game today. I think he will take the opportunity to rest one or two.

I expect the main men to come out to play against Poland – and I’d like to see England set up to make the most of Foden’s special talent then as well.

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