The 19-year-old winger was one of a few young players to have earned a spot in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad on the back of an impressive campaign, and is being talked up as a potential starter for the Three Lions.
But Sterling has been an infrequent member of the first XI for of England’s warm up friendlies, and was suspended for the most recent tie with Honduras after seeing red in the previous clash with Ecuador.
His lack of game time has kept him off of the radars of Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica – the three other sides making up Group D – and Henderson believes that the element of surprise could make the teenager a useful tool over the coming weeks:
“Raheem is a fantastic player. I think you’ve seen that in the Premier League and even when he’s played for England.” He is quoted by The Mirror.
“Possibly it could make him a secret weapon because he’s not played [in the friendlies]. Obviously, he will have been disappointed he could not feature, but in training he has looked very, very good, so he’ll be thriving on this.
“I think he’s outstanding, has no fear. For such a young boy he’s got great awareness and his knowledge of the game is really good. I think he can be a big plus for us in this World Cup.
“He can go as good as he wants to. He’s got a good head on shoulders, got good people around him, so he’s just got to keep working hard.
“I am sure he will go right to the very top. He’ll be a top, top player.”
Sterling and Henderson are two of six Liverpool players in the England camp alongside Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and recent signing Rickie Lambert.