Liverpool captain and England midfielder Jordan Henderson has hit back at negative criticism towards the Three Lions ahead of this evening’s clash with Scotland, telling BBC Radio 5 Live the opinions of those outside the squad don’t matter.
The Three Lions face their most testing time in years after a woeful exit at the hands of Iceland at Euro 2016, before Sam Allardyce lasting just one game before exiting his job as national manager on the back of the newspaper sting.
Whilst England have struggled to perform on the big stage, the Three Lions have not lost a qualifying match for a major tournament since 2009- raising questions as to why the nation cannot replicate that sort of form when it matters.
Many opinions have been thrown about since England’s premature exit from Euro 2016 in the summer but Henderson has been taking no notice.
“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I’ve learned that over the years. But it doesn’t really matter what other people think. It only matters what the team thinks and what the manager and the management team think.”
“They are the only important opinions that matter to us. I know there are leaders in the team, I know we’ve got great character so that isn’t a question in our dressing room.”
“The question is can we got out there and perform at the highest level to win the game. I’m confident we can.”
Southgate, only in an interim role, would give his chances of landing the job on a full-time basis a huge boost with a victory tonight, along with a positive result in a friendly against Spain next week, but it remains to be seen whether England do show progression.