‘Maybe we will pull rank next time’ – Gareth Southgate confirms he’ll have a chat with Jordan Henderson after penalty controversy

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Gareth Southgate has confirmed he will talk to Jordan Henderson after the Liverpool skipper took Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s penalty.

The Everton forward had been set to take the spot-kick, with the 30-year-old’s proceeding effort from the spot saved by Romania No.1 Florin Nita in a game England won courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s sole goal.

“We had Rashford on penalties and then Ward-Prowse, and they had both come off,” the national boss was quoted as saying by the Echo.

“We were expecting Dominic to take it, and I was expecting Hendo to walk over and make sure Dominic took it. I’ll see what Hendo’s thought process was after.

“Maybe we will pull rank next time!”

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While we’ve no doubt it’s a decision from the former Sunderland star that will rankle with England fans – not to mention the manager – it’s an ultimately harmless error in a meaningless friendly.

Henderson probably got a little caught up in the moment of his return to the playing field.

It’s a shame he couldn’t cap off his appearance in the second-half with a goal but we’ve no doubt the penalty hierarchy will be made clear once again ahead of the European Championship.

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