Henderson: Time to step up

Jordan Henderson is relishing his senior status in the latest young and exciting Three Lions squad.

With Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard retiring from international duty – and youngsters like Raheem Sterling and Calum Chambers breaking in to the side – the Liverpool midfielder is now one of the more experienced players and he is happy with the added responsibility that brings.

Speaking ahead of England’s international match against Norway on Wednesday, Henderson said: “It is a little strange not having Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard around, but it’s a chance for the younger players to step up

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“I feel as though I’m starting to become one of the older members of the squad and with that comes more responsibility.

“The new players who are coming in are young, but it doesn’t matter how old you are. They’ll do well and will look forward to it.”

Henderson and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney are rivals in the Premier League but the Reds man is pleased Rooney is now the captain of Roy Hodgson’s side.

“It’s a really good appointment,” he said. “He’s a natural leader, gives 100 per cent and helps the younger lads”

Henderson went to Brazil for the World Cup in the summer and he was honest about the disappointment he felt at not getting out of the group stage.

Henderson and Sterling speak to the press

The Switzerland game next Monday marks the start of the Euro 2016 qualification campaign and Henderson is looking forward to banishing the memories of Brazil with positive performances and results.

“The only way we can answer the critics is by going and giving good performances,” he said. “Hopefully we can show how good we are”

“We’re looking forward now and these first few games are crucial. We’ll pull the shirt on and do our best as we always do.

“Both Liverpool and England expect to get good results when we play, but we like pressure and we’ll relish that and look forward.”

England meet Norway at Wembley on Wednesday night to kick off the new season. You can buy tickets online here