Liverpool star deserves World Cup spot says Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has backed Jordan Henderson to earn a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the summer’s World Cup, reports the Daily Mail.

Henderson has been a Premier League ever-present for Liverpool this season, and put in another fantastic performance during the 5-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday.

And after watching events unfold at Anfield on Saturday, Rodgers believes the former Sunderland man would be ideal for Hodgson’s World Cup squad, in a midfield alongside club captain Steven Gerrard, and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.

“For me, you had the three England (midfield) players on the pitch,” Rodgers said.

“Stevie (Gerrard) playmaking from behind then two attacking players who can run, get forward and get into the box and can press. (Jack) Wilshere is a wonderful player.

“He is probably not to his (best) fitness level yet but he is a big talent, naturally gifted and can play either side and between lines.

“Jordan Henderson, tactically, is improving so much and Stevie is in the zone just behind. It would be hard to pick a better three than that.”

Henderson has started to prove he is worth every penny of the £16million Liverpool paid for him in the summer of 2011, with a series of outstanding performances this season.

The 23-year-old has contributed six assists this season, while 86% of his 1,314 passes have found their target.

“What he has shown is he is a great learner,” he added.

“If you have the ability to learn, take things on board and devote your life to your profession, then you have a great chance. That’s been the message here with all the young players.

“We can have a great journey together here and the story going forward for us can be what we want it to be. We have a great chance to make history at this club over the next few years but you have to devote your life to it.”

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