James Milner believes Jordan Henderson can be a “great leader” for England having been named captain for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Slovenia.
The Interim manager, Gareth Southgate benched Wayne Rooney for the match after their Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Malta at Wembley, with Henderson set to deputize.
The 30-year old Liverpool’s vice-captain who retired international footballer after England’s flop at Euro 2016, said Henderson deserves to captain the Three Lions.
“It is amazing and fully deserved,” Milner told Liverpool’s official website. “He is a top player with a top attitude, he is a great captain here – obviously I have played under him for the last year. Last year times were tough for him when he was injured and desperate to be out on the field, but he was a great leader even when he wasn’t playing, which isn’t the easiest thing to do.
“He has shown what a good captain he is really. When things aren’t going well for you, that’s when your strengths come through as a captain. He showed that last year and obviously this year on the field he has been playing amazingly. He will be a great leader for England as well.”
The 26-year old Jordan Henderson will be supported by Eric Dier in England’s midfield and Milner backed his team-mate to continue his good form after Henderson recorded double assists for their 2-0 win against Malta.
“But I’m sure at the teams he has played for people know how good he is. He had a great game the other night, he has been pulling the strings for us in midfield. Hopefully it continues. To lead out your country is a massive honor, something you grow up dreaming of doing. It means so much.”
Milner opened up on how great Henderson is the more reason both England and opposition fans are willing to always see a quality player like him play.