Jordan Henderson is finally coming good at Liverpool. Last season we saw glimpses of his potential but this season he is finally starting to look like a proper player; after the SAS strike-force Henderson is probably manager Brendan Rodgers’ first pick.
With Henderson playing some of the best football of his career, questions are being asked as to whether he should go to the World Cup next summer.
In short the answer is yes. The adaptability of Henderson is one of his defining features. He can play in any midfield position as well as playing behind the strikers, and he can even cover as a right back! Henderson is effectively four players in one body. England boss Roy Hodgson would be foolhardy not to take the 23-year-old to Brazil. The adaptability and professionalism of the youngster warrants him a place in the World Cup squad.
The current England team is one in transition as Hodgson tries to rejuvenate his aging side with young blood. Nobody gives England much of a chance at this World Cup, with Paddy Power pricing them at 20/1 to win it. With expectations lower than usual Hodgson should favour the younger players instead of the veterans. Henderson is going to be in the England squad for the next ten years; he could even become captain. Meanwhile, Michael Carrick and Frank Lampard are well into their 30s, and if Hodgson is serious about revitalising England then he has to favour the younger players as of right now.
More importantly, Henderson’s form merits him a place in the World Cup squad. He has been one of the best English performers in the Premier League this season and is also guaranteed first team football at Liverpool, something that James Milner and Tom Cleverley lack. If Henderson can continue with his industrious performances then Hodgson will simply have to take note.
A place in the World Cup squad is well within Henderson’s reach. All he has to do is continue performing and he should be a certified pick come June, something to bear in mind when it gets round to World Cup squad betting early next year.