“Does he do card tricks?” Quiz at night? ‘: Roy Keane CLICKs prospect of unfit Jordan Henderson making England Euro 2020 squad as Liverpool captain steps up friendly return to Romania
- Roy Keane thinks Jordan Henderson shouldn’t be in England squad
- The Liverpool star faces a run to hit top form for this summer’s euros
- Keane believes 31-year-old ‘clearly not fit’ to make Southgate squad
- The Irishman also rejected the idea that Henderson was a “cheerleader”
Roy Keane believes Jordan Henderson shouldn’t have been picked for England this summer as the Liverpool star is “clearly out of shape” with the specialist wondering why the injured midfielder must be in the game. team when he is not in great shape.
Henderson has been out for more than three months with a groin injury, and is running late to reach full form before the Euro this summer.
The Reds captain has been included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the major tournament, though there are concerns that the 31-year-old will not be available to start the opener against Croatia on the 13th. June.
Roy Keane questioned Jordan Henderson’s inclusion in England’s 26-man squad
Henderson missed Wednesday’s friendly win over Austria and was named to the bench for Sunday’s game against Romania, and is expected to make a second-half appearance.
Southgate said the inclusion of Henderson and the injured Harry Maguire in their squad was decided because of the couple’s contributions to boosting morale around the camp, but Ireland’s Keane dismissed the notion, asking if Henderson is a “cheerleader”.
“It’s already a distraction for Jordan,” he told ITV Sport. “I was convinced Jordan was going to play the other day and maybe start the game.
The 31-year-old has been sidelined for more than three months with a long-term groin injury
Gareth Southgate says Henderson was included because he’s a good presence in the camp
“I know there is talk of him coming during the 45 seconds minutes, but why not start it in the first 45 minutes where there is obviously more intensity?
“The second half there will definitely be a lot of changes so I think it’s a huge distraction. It’s clear Jordan is not in good shape, I don’t think he should be involved. .
“He can’t be in good shape, if he can’t start a game against Romania … physically and mentally, today’s game won’t be that difficult, he’s an experienced player. kicking a ball for three and a half months and getting into a European championship, he can’t be right.
‘Now I’ve heard people say’ they want it everywhere ‘… what for? Does he do card tricks? Does he have a song to sing? Does he take quizzes at night? What is he doing? And if you were at Liverpool, you wouldn’t be happy either.
Still, Keane believes Henderson is “clearly out of shape” and shouldn’t have been included.
Keane also rejected the idea that Henderson could act as a “cheerleader” for the team.
Keane’s expert colleague Ian Wright defended Southgate’s decision, insisting that Henderson’s experience will benefit the camp. The former United captain disagreed with the Arsenal legend.
“Wrighty, Jordan is an experienced player. He sure doesn’t want to be around playing cheerleaders. Do you want to play.
“It is clearly far from it. What you need after three and a half months away is maybe four or five games. If he passes the next 45 seconds, does that mean he’s an option for next week? He’s clearly not fit enough.
Henderson was introduced at half-time, replacing Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips in midfield. The Liverpool captain missed a penalty as England lost 1-0 as preparations continue for the Euro.