Praise for England's Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson as 'home-grown' lads make Sunderland proud
England stars Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson have been praised by football fans in their home city for their successes in Euro 2020 to date.
The Sunderland-born lads, who now play for Everton and Liverpool respectively, were both part of the team sealing England’s place in the Euro quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Germany on Tuesday, June 29.
Now, the Three Lions will face Ukraine on Saturday, July 3 in a bid to progress to the final four.
Staff and pupils at Henderson’s former school, Farringdon Academy, this week shared their pride at the midfielder’s achievements both on and off the pitch.
Earlier this month, he marked a decade of play at Anfield after moving from his boyhood club of Sunderland AFC in 2011.
Henderson was also awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to charity.
Meanwhile, a Wearside store has been given a ‘Jordan Pickford facelift’ in tribute to the nation’s number one goalkeeper, with cardboard cut-outs and dozens of photographs to boot.
Speaking of the decor at Shah & Sons Convenience Store, Seaham, Pickford said: “Sunderland means so much to me having grown up and started my career here, so the support from people back home means the absolute world.”
As the nation waits for football to – hopefully – come home for the first time since 1966, supporters shared their messages of praise and good luck for Sunderland’s ‘two Jordans’ ahead of the next game.
Here are some of your messages from our Facebook pages:
Julie Cheal: “Two home-grown lads how proud are we.”
Donna Lambert: “Proud of you doing well, keep it up.”
Denise Sheraton: “Well done lads and our own, home grown. You’ve made everyone in Sunderland so proud and good luck on Saturday.”
June Skalski: “So proud of all [the] England team keep it up.”
Sheila Coates: “Fantastic lads.”
Marie Lamb: “Both Mackems deserve credit, but Jordan is having a great tournament hope he gets a winner’s medal.”
Richard Macgregor: “Jordan what a man. Like Superman, punching them footies away.”
Vanessa Hyslop: “Proud to be from Sunderland, ha’way the bonny lads.”
Marc Hope: “Pickford was absolutely spot on. He’s having a hell of a tournament.”
Margaret Denham: “Fabulous boys!”