Jordan Henderson was at hand to console a grief-stricken James Rodriguez after England’s World Cup triumph over Colombia on Tuesday night.
The Liverpool skipper brushed aside the South American side’s tainted tactics and rugged approach to tend to their visibly crushed talisman.
Rodriguez watched from the stands on the night having been ruled out due to the injury he suffered in Colombia’s final group stage match against Senegal.
His absence seemingly contributed to a lacklustre attacking display from England’s opponents, who consequently reverted to foul play as a means of halting Gareth Southgate’s men.
That eventually came to no avail when Eric Dier converted a winning spot-kick in the shootout to book England a place in the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2006.
Henderson followed his own team’s wild celebrations by approaching Rodriguez as he sat defeated on the Colombian bench.
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To do so after seeing his penalty saved in the shootout proved testament to the 28-year-old’s class and professionalism as a senior figure in the England setup.
Henderson’s first act after his miss wasn’t to hold his head down, but instead to deliver a pep talk to Dier as the Tottenham man prepared to take England’s final and decisive spot-kick.
Though he hasn’t worn the armband in Russia, he has certainly been one of Southgate’s most instrumental leaders.