A mainstay in the Three Lions’ midfield since the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, Henderson has had the unenviable task of replacing Steven Gerrard at club and international level. He took over the captaincy at Liverpool and has cemented a spot in the England midfield, but is a very different player in style to the man who retired from international duty after Brazil 2014.
Henderson is not a regular goalscorer but harries and presses relentlessly in the middle third in order to regain possession as quickly as possible – as high up the pitch as possible – after it is lost, so his team can get on the front foot immediately. This has played a key role in Liverpool’s devastatingly quick counter-attacking style under Jurgen Klopp, with Henderson bringing his workaholic nature to the Russia 2018 qualifiers. He featured in eight of England’s ten games on the road to Russia.