How do you overturn more than a decade of disdain and dislike in less than 24 hours?
If you’re Big Sam, it’s easy – just omit an Everton star from your England squad then let Twitter run wild with rumours you’re going to dump Rooney as captain and replace him with Jordan Henderson.
If Allardyce does indeed give the armband to Hendo tomorrow, it’s fair to say all those sarcastic remarks towards Rafa, cosy cuddles with old whiskey nose, and endless long-ball tactics will be forgotten in a heartbeat. (Or at least deliberately overlooked!)
It’s not all roses though – some fans, both from Liverpool and from other clubs, are incensed with the idea Jordan will be leading out the Three Lions.
Here’s what some of them have been saying on Twitter:
I can’t believe Henderson is England’s captain.. he’s probably the worst England midfielder we have.. Big Sam clearly is deluded ?
— Ewan Macivor (@ewanmacivor) August 29, 2016
For what we associate as the quality from a Liverpool and England captain is Henderson that? No, but neither side has many obvious leaders.
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) August 29, 2016
Jordan henderson supposedly becoming england captain tomorrow , what a time to be alive
— Michael Coburn (@MichaelCoburn19) August 29, 2016
Don’t know how Henderson is even in the England squad let alone being made captain
— : (@IconicIngs) August 29, 2016
Boycotting England games if Henderson’s our captain
— ㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@bIindinho) August 29, 2016
Does big Sam know that if Henderson is England Captain that means he has to actually play every match?
— Tom Hall (@hallthomas) August 29, 2016
If Henderson becomes captain I’m launching myself from the roof of my house head first
— Aaron (@LegendOfLedley) August 29, 2016
If Jordan Henderson is named England captain tomorrow I will no longer watch international football. He shouldn’t even be in the squad #WTF
— Jonathan McColgan (@Jonny_Mac82) August 29, 2016
Jordan Henderson captain?? Interesting decision.. Many others in contention
— Liam James (@LiamAJames) August 29, 2016
Henderson to be named England captain? Fuck it I’m Irish now
— Liam Joyce (@liamjoyce87) August 29, 2016