Ex-Sunderland man Henderson eyes England progress

Jordan Henderson
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JORDAN Henderson is eager to strengthen England U21s’ grip on European Championship qualification tomorrow night.

Former Sunderland midfielder Henderson and current Black Cats striker Connor Wickham will be looking to impress in the North East tomorrow night and, more importantly, help the England Under 21 side get back on course in their bid to qualify for the European Under 21 Championships next year.

England currently top Group 8, four points ahead of second-placed Belgium – the only team to have inflicted a defeat on the Three Lions so far in the qualifiers – and are looking to consolidate their place at the top.

Henderson said: “It’s a big game for us. We have to make sure we do it properly and win the game because if we do it takes us into a really strong position in the group.

“It’s all about preparing right and then performing well on the night.

“We were unfortunate to lose the game at their place because we created plenty of chances. So we’ve got to bounce back tomorrow night and from my own point of view, I’ll be looking to lead by example.”

* Henderson was speaking after an FA Tesco Skills Programme event at Rockcliffe Hall celebrating three million free places on the scheme’s coaching courses.