After the transfer window closes in two days’ time, we’ve got the bitter comedown of a week of international football t0 endure!
All the more painful considering Liverpool are playing fantastically and could well have some shiny new players to show off..
But our skipper Jordan Henderson doesn’t mind, and could well be made England captain for the fixtures against Malta and Slovakia – two games the Three Lions should definitely win.
Gareth Southgate hasn’t yet made an official decision, but it’s likely to be either Henderson or Spurs forward Harry Kane.
“It’s a massive honour,” he said. “When Gareth [Southgate] gave me the opportunity to captain for the first time, in November, it was a huge honour for me and looking at Harry when he captained the squad, it was a huge honour for him. Joe [Hart] has done it, Gary [Cahill] has done it. There’s a lot of lads in the team that have done it and that can do it so, like I say, it’s totally down to the manager and what he feels is right for him and the team.
He added: “As a team, that is what we want to achieve: to get to the World Cup, first and foremost, and then when we get there we want to do well. We will definitely think about it but at the end of the day, you have got to do the business in the next few game that we play to qualify. So it is a big couple of games for us but we will be prepared and ready come next summer for the World Cup.
“We have spoken together as a squad and the target is to be the No 1 team in the world, however long it takes, we don’t know. It is down to us as a team how far we want to go and how far we want to push ourselves. Hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later. I know it is going to take time, but I feel as though we have a great set of lads, a great set of players, a lot of talent, a lot of hard work goes into it.
“At the same time, we have not performed in the last few tournaments I have been to, definitely, and a lot more before that. We need to change something. First and foremost we have to get there and make sure we are there. Then the mentality has to change and we need to go and be better than we have been. Obviously we know the Euros was not good enough and the World Cup was disappointing. It is a big challenge but one I feel we are ready for.”
Henderson’s Liverpool form has dramatically improved the past three matches, after a slow start.
He’s shone in a defensive role which has involved breaking up opposition attacks and feeding the ball quickly from the base of our midfield. If he continues in his current vein, this position is his for the campaign – despite the return of Adam Lallana, Coutinho (probably) and potentially either Thomas Lemar or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.