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30 August 2017

Jordan Henderson wants to be England skipper full-time and insists he is ‘ready’ for the responsibility

JORDAN HENDERSON wants the England captaincy full-time — and is ‘ready’ for the responsibility.

The Liverpool midfielder said: “Of course I want to be captain.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes the timing is right for him to lead England
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes the timing is right for him to lead England but knows other players want the role too
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Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier have been two of the more reliable players for England in the past year
Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier have been two of the more reliable players for England in the past year
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“If you ask a lot of the lads in the dressing room, they’ll feel as though they’re ready to lead this team. And I’m no different.

“It’s up to the manager. I’m sure the lads will be right behind the person to help them lead.

“I think it’s just finding the right captain for the manager and for this team.

“That’s his decision but I feel as though I’m ready.”

Boss Gareth Southgate is considering his options after Wayne Rooney called time on his 119-cap international career last week.

Hendo, who has twice captained his country under Southgate, added: “The captaincy is a massive  honour.


Jordan Henderson hopes to keep hold of the armband as Three Lions skipper
Jordan Henderson hopes to keep hold of the armband as Three Lions skipper
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Energetic midfielder Jordan Henderson knows leading England would be a big responsibility but hopes he is given the task
Energetic midfielder Jordan Henderson knows leading England would be a big responsibility and says he will support whoever gets the job full-time
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“When Gareth gave me the opportunity  for the first time, in November, it was a huge honour. When Harry Kane captained the squad it was a huge honour for him, Joe Hart has done it, Gary Cahill has done it.

“There’s  a lot of leaders in the group that will help the captain whoever it is.”

Veteran striker Jermain Defoe is closed by in training by Jordan Henderson
Veteran striker Jermain Defoe is closed down in training by Jordan Henderson
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NATHANIEL  CHALOBAH says leaving Chelsea was the toughest call of his career — but also the best.

The  midfielder, 22 — a £6million summer buy for Watford —  has  been called up to the England squad.

He said: “I had been at Chelsea my whole life so it was a  very hard decision to leave.

Nathaniel Chalobah says he made the right decision for his long-term future in swapping Chelsea for Watford
Nathaniel Chalobah says he made the right decision for his long-term future in swapping Chelsea for Premier League Watford
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“But they have world-class players so it was hard for me to get in the team.

“I was getting a taste of it but  not enough. I wanted to go out there and experience the Premier League. Now I have the opportunity to showcase myself.”

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