Sunderland pays tribute to home-grown England heroes after stunning 4-0 Euro 2020 victory over Ukraine
Sunderland has paid tribute to its home-grown heroes Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford after England’s stunning 4-0 Euros quarter-final victory against Ukraine.
Jordan Pickford was barely tested in the England goal although the former St Robert of Newminster pupil has still to concede a single goal since the tournament started.
And at the other end, fellow Academy of Light graduate Jordan Henderson bagged his first ever England goal with a fine header that completed the rout.
Fans Museum founder Michael Ganley says it was one of the best England performances he had ever seen, adding: “It was amazing – I thought everybody did brilliantly.
"It has been a long time since we have seen an England side play as well as that. The left-hand side, in particular, was really strong, with Shaw and Sterling who worked incredibly well together.
“And the substitutions were perfectly timed. How amazing is that that we had a 3-0 lead and were able to bring on the Champion’s League-winning captain of Liverpool as a sub?”
Michael was delighted to see Jordan Henderson get off the mark for the national team at the 62nd time of asking.
He said: “I have been following his career from day one like a lot of Sunderland fans and he has just pushed on and pushed on,” he said.
"He reminds me a lot of Bryan Robson, a player who just always gives his all. It is not about goals – he is there to break up play, to harry people and to be creative – but it was fantastic for him to score his first.
“You could see what it meant to him."
Fans took to social media to share their joy and there were plenty of comments on the Echo’s Facebook pages praising the team as a whole and the local lads in particular.
Elaine Spence wrote: “Never had a doubt in my mind, our lads would never let us down.
"Well done Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson – done the North East so proud.”
Ian Spoors said: “Classic game, best performance from the boys.”
Lisa Sachar Pendleton added: “Well done, our Jordans.”
Debra Skinner said she was “so proud of our lads- all played amazing” and Tracy Young wrote: “So proud. Well done lads.”
Alison Armour has been gained a new appreciation of the beautiful game from England’s achievements, saying: “Ha'way the lads, I'll be watching Wednesday and this from someone who doesn't normally watch footy.”
With a semi-final against Denmark to come on Wednesday night at Wembley, Michael Cavanagh was nothing if not ambitious by writing: “Fantastic, now for the World Cup.”
Judith Hood said: “Couldn't be more pleased for JH scoring his 1st goal and JP who’s playing brilliantly, keeping another clean sheet. Mackems at their best,”
Jolene Hanlon Grainger wrote: “So proud of them both.”
David Dodds said: “The lads, man, making their families and the whole of Wearside proud.”
Elizabeth Bell added: “Well done from a fellow Mackem. You really did us proud.”