Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy backed Jordan Henderson to be a shoo-in for next summer’s England starting team at Euro 2020, and backed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to do a job against better opposition.
He said: “If I was playing a lesser nation, I’d have no problem playing Maddison and Mount, ahead of Henderson or Winks or Rice. If you’re playing France – the best team in the world – then you might go for Winks, Henderson and Oxlade-Chamberlain, because they can all do the defensive bit, they’re all disciplined.
“Jordan’s always in it. The other factor is if you’re playing a midfield three, England have got at the moment two brilliant attacking full-backs but if they’re going to go as well then the midfield three if they’re too attacking England are going to be too open.”
TBR’s View – Henderson’s status and experience makes him an automatic pick
There aren’t any midfielders in the England setup now who boast Henderson’s Champions League experience, silverware or consistency.
There are players with more natural talent but Henderson is eking every last drop out of his ability and he deserves to be on the field as vice-captain when England kick off their Euro 2020 campaign.