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'Great quality': Micah Richards so impressed by £20m Liverpool player

'Great quality': Micah Richards so impressed by £20m Liverpool player

Micah Richards has claimed that Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will have been one of Gareth Southgate’s easiest England picks for Qatar.

Henderson goes with the squad to the Middle East as one of the most experienced players in the England camp.

Having been skipper of Liverpool for some time and winning it all, Henderson is well-respected. But now over 30, and with the likes of Rice and Bellingham emerging, Henderson will be aware his chances of starting in Qatar are slim.

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However, writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Micah Richards believes Henderson was a no-brainer selection and for Southgate, it was an easy choice.

“One of the easiest picks Southgate will have made. Perhaps his legs don’t move as sharply as they did a couple of years ago but he has been Liverpool captain for the last seven years and his presence around the group sets standards for others to aspire to. He is someone with great quality who can be relied on,” Richards said of Henderson.

Henderson, much like Conor Coady, is seen as one of the key figures off the field with England. Both have bags of experience and are well known to be leaders in the dressing room.

TBR’s View: Jordan Henderson will play his part for England

At the end of the day, Rice, Bellingham and Phillips are all ahead of Jordan Henderson right now. But that doesn’t mean he won’t play a part for Southgate.

As mentioned, Henderson – who cost Liverpool £20m – is known to be vital off the pitch. While on it, if he’s needed, he’ll bring his A game and deliver what’s required of him for the cause.

Henderson is one of England’s senior players. In certain games, his cool head and experience might be needed. And if anyone is going to have themselves ready to go when called upon, it is the Liverpool skipper.

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