FRIENDS and family of Jordan Henderson today spoke of their pride after the 20-year-old Sunderland player won his first senior England cap.
The Three Lions went down 2-1 to France at Wembley.
But Sunderland midfielder Henderson played the full 90 minutes and made no serious mistakes, getting through plenty of work and usually finding his man with the pass.
Speaking straight after the match, Jordan’s dad Brian said he was extremely proud of his son - and he hoped the city would be too.
He said: “It was great to be at Wembley to see him there, lining up the rest of the England team and playing the full 90 minutes.
“It wasn’t a great first-half from England but they improved the second-half and the most important thing is that Jordan got to play the whole 90 minutes and now has a full England cap under his belt.
“It’s something he can be proud of, his family can be proud of and hopefully Sunderland will be proud of.
And Steve Golightly, Jordan’s former PE teacher at Farringdon Community Sports College, said: “I thought he did not look out of place. Technically, he was okay. He passed it well and didn’t give the ball away. He started the game well, drifted out of it a bit, but then the team did as well. In the second half, he came into it a little bit more and did quite well.
“I’m very, very proud of him and he sang the national anthem, which was great.”
The 20-year-old was fast-tracked into the senior side as a man for the future by manager Fabio Capello after being impressed by the young Wearsider’s work for the Under 21s.
It was a family affair for Jordan, who was watched by dad Brian, mam Liz and girlfriend Rebecca.
He travelled back to the North East with Rebecca last night saying: “I enjoyed the experience but I want more caps in the future.
“I was very proud to be representing my country, but I’m hoping for better results in the future.
“We lost on the night, but the way we were coming on strong in the second-half, I thought we might have got an equaliser at least the way things were going.”