WHEN the England squad touches down on the frosty runways of Russia in 2018, two of those on show at the Emirates will hope to be bracing themselves against the Siberian chill.
Ignore their contrasting patches of form, Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere remain two of the nation’s brightest prospects and enjoy that rare privilege of being young Englishmen playing regular first-team football.
There was a touch of needle surrounding the duel – the pair exchanging words as Henderson bided his time during a trundle to the touchline to make way for Jack Colback in the dying stages.
But in the main, it was an absorbing, honest bout between two players giving their all to keep the ambitions of their respective clubs on track.
If a winner was to be crowned, it would probably be Wilshere, although only on a minority points decision.
The 19-year-old is thriving with the responsibility in the quarterback role under Arsene Wenger and his confidence is inevitably booming from his purple patch of form.
The sublime cross which Marouane Chamakh headed on to the bar, coupled with the eye-catching tricks and body swerves, gave him the edge over Henderson. But there was no knock-out blow.
Henderson showed a marked improvement from the jaded figure who lumbered like the rest of his team-mates at Goodison Park seven days earlier.
READ the full verdict in Monday’s Echo