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Fans criticise Jack Wilshere omission after Jordan Henderson’s ‘toothless’ England performance

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Fans criticise Jack Wilshere omission after Jordan Henderson’s ‘toothless’ England performance

Gareth Southgate’s bold decision is already being questioned.

England put an end to the World Cup opener curse after Harry Kane’s stoppage time winner ensured England started the tournament with a victory, with Tunisia looking more than likely to take their share of the points in Volgograd.

After a promising opening 20 minutes, England’s shortcomings in front of goal were punished as Tunisia were awarded a penalty – using VAR – and Ferjani Sassi equalised from the spot, heaping pressure on Gareth Southgate’s outfit to score a second.

But creativity was scarce from the Three Lions, in what was a stressful and frustrating half to watch for the nation.

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And Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has come under fire for his performance in the heart of the midfield, with many believing that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere would have been more creative and imaginative in central midfield, if he wasn’t omitted from international duties this earlier this summer.

Henderson frequently opted for possession over creativity and was guilty of taking too many touches in the midfield yesterday, particularly in the second half and the speed of play was directly affected as a result.

Here’s the Twitter reaction:

 

By no means did the 28-year-old have an awful game, but his choice of pass was often safe and as a result England lacked impetus and drive in the second-half, until the additions of Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added a spark in the final third.

Gareth Southgate will often opt for control in central midfield against tougher opposition – with Belgium on the horizon – but against the likes of Tunisia and Panama, the side can afford to take more risks and be more inventive, and the decision to leave Wilshere at home is already being questioned after just one game.

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  1. Galen

    June 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I must be watching another match because Henderson pinged quite a few forward passes that’s simply stunning but I guess arsenal fans still think Wilshire is better even though he clearly isn’t and hasn’t been for a while. Just accept he will never be fit enough to play the game again or dream on as usual

  2. Edward S Forster

    June 19, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    The comments on twitter about England are crap etc etc

    Clueless people, go back to playing trading cards.

  3. Anonymous

    June 19, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Pundits hail Henderson

  4. Bob

    June 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    No ‘fans’ don’t.

    Fans know Hendo and Wilshere play in different positions.

    Fans know Hendo & Wilshere are not in direct competition and to suggest so is moronic.

    Fans know the CDM role isn’t seen as ‘the’ creative spark of the team.

    Fans know Hendo had a great game playing CDM, gave license to the rest of the team to push forward. Screened the 3 and broke-up attacks throughout. Regularly dropped into the back 3 to make it a 4. Linked-up play. Regularly sprayed 60 yard passes and created several opportunities.

    CDM is a role Wilshere is physically not equipped to fulfil.

  5. Jase

    June 19, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I found myself reading this and wondering which match these people were watching. Henderson was one of the better performers last night.

    Then I realise that the ‘journalist’ has cherry picked from Twitter to back up his own opinion. Said journalist is a Manchester United supporter…. enough said.

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