West Ham’s Declan Rice has admitted he was surprised by how much of a leader Liverpool star Jordan Henderson is on the pitch, with the midfield duo both in the England squad together.
Rice, 21, is a highly-rated central midfielder that is already a key figure for West Ham and he’s starting to find a similar position in the international scene.
Henderson, who has captained Liverpool to a Premier League title and a Champions League triumph, is one of the more senior members in the England squad that looks a nailed-on starter going into next summer’s European Championships.
Rice has been speaking about how much the 30-year-old Liverpool star helps others around him and believes he’s a brilliant player that is a great mentor in the centre of the park.
“I think if you look at Jordan what he’s done in the game for his whole career really, but especially the last couple of years, I think it’s so important for someone like me to be playing next to him, to learn, to get better,” Rice said, as quoted by England’s Official Youtube account.
“I think the main thing I pick up from him is we already know his qualities on the ball, but you don’t realise until you’re playing next to him his leadership qualities and what he actually brings to the team.
“He’s non-stop, always on you in a good way, in a positive way and that gives you the confidence on the pitch to go out there and fight for the badge.
Henderson has plays a key role both on and off the pitch for his club, something that he repats with England.
He is an all-action central midfielder that has started to get the recognition he deserves in the past year, as he’s a technician on the ball with a great range of passing and he also reads the game so well out of possession.
His work-rate alongside Rice could be key on Sunday night against Belgium in the Nations League, albeit some will argue that a more creative option like Mason Mount could be needed in midfield to help break down opponents.