What Liverpool's Henderson did to Chelsea's Pulisic while warming up in first half last night
After the highs of the 6-2 win over Iran in their opening World Cup game, Gareth Southgate’s men were brought back to earth. They were really poor for most parts of the clash last night, and without Henderson in the middle of the park from the start, they had no control whatsoever.
What Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson did to Christian Pulisic while warming up
England actually started the game very well.
The Three Lions had a lot of the ball and Bukayo Saka even created a glorious opportunity for Harry Kane, but the Tottenham man’s strike was blocked brilliantly.
As the half went on, however, the USA grew into the game. Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic got more and more involved, and England were on the back foot, especially in the 15 minutes before the break.
The Three Lions needed to stop the Americans’ momentum, but they just couldn’t on the pitch. Henderson, who was warming up on the sidelines, decided to take matters into his own hands to slow the game down.
The ball went out of play and Pulisic rushed to take a quick throw-in. That could’ve potentially hurt England, but Henderson was there at the spot and he kicked the ball away from the Chelsea man to bring a stop to their attack.
That’s according to the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick, who said on Twitter: “Jordan Henderson, who is warming up on the touchline, made a point of kicking the ball away from Pulisic so he couldn’t take a quick throw. England the side needing to calm the game down and regroup.”
There are a lot of reasons why England didn’t win the game yesterday, but the USMNT deserve immense praise for the way they played.
Gregg Berhalter’s men were very organised, pressed in the right areas of the pitch and completely stopped England’s centre-halves from playing the ball between the lines.
They grew in confidence as the game went on, and it has to be said that they had better chances to win the game.
England are still the favourites to finish on top of their group, but the game against Wales will not be easy. After what happened last night, it will be interesting to see if Southgate brings Henderson into his side to have better control in midfield.
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