Jordan Henderson replaces Kalvin Phillips in England squad

2 weeks ago

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has joined up with the England squad for the Nations League clashes with Italy and Germany.

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Gareth Southgate initially omitted the former Sunderland midfielder after he suffered a hamstring injury in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle earlier this month. The injury at the time was reported to be ‘serious,’ but he has made a speedier recovery than expected.

It’s a timely boost for England, who saw fellow midfielder Kalvin Phillips withdraw over the weekend with a shoulder injury. Phillips has struggled to make any real impact at Manchester city since a big-money move from Leeds last summer, but much of that is down to aggravating a shoulder injury in a friendly against Barcelona.

He now faces the prospect of missing the World Cup should he require surgery, which would likely make the 69-capped Henderson a key man for England in Qatar.

"I don’t know [how long he will be out for], I am not a doctor but in a good way he can arrive of course the World Cup," Man City boss Pep Guardiola said of Phillips.

"I think so but I am not a doctor. The doctor says the only solution right now is to do what we have to do."

England face a tough double-header in the Nations League, playing European champions Italy at San Siro on Friday before welcoming Germany to Wembley the following Monday.

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