Jordan Henderson will have to face Gareth Southgate’s wrath after taking a penalty on Dominic Calvert-Lewin and MISSING in Romania win… while Roy Keane chides Everton forward for not ‘fighting in his corner’
Gareth Southgate has warned vice-captain Jordan Henderson he will not accept a repeat of Sunday’s penalty shootout after captain Marcus Rashford took the win over Romania in the final warm-up of England’s European Championship.
Rashford, who captained his country for the first time, scored from the spot, but later Henderson missed a second penalty.
And Southgate has revealed that Henderson was not allowed to take the penalty.
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Jordan Henderson missed a penalty on his return to the England squad against Romania
Henderson hadn’t scored a goal for England before the penalty and the wait goes on
With Rashford and James Ward-Prowse substituted, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was next in line, but Henderson, who failed to score for England, withdrew the ranking.
Southgate said: ‘I couldn’t explain the penalty situation, Marcus and James were the two nominees at the start and they both came out.
“I expected Dominic to record it at that point. But Hendo was then the captain on the field and made the decision.
“If I was Dom, as a striker, I might not have gone along with that so easily. We are very diligent in penalty practice. I didn’t expect what would happen – I wouldn’t expect that to happen again. We’ll rank next time.’
Henderson came into half-time for his first appearance since playing for Liverpool against Everton on February 20 after undergoing groin surgery.
It was Henderson’s first game back since the Merseyside Derby defeat to Everton in February
ITV pundit Roy Keane has condemned his inclusion in Sunday’s squad, but Southgate – despite Henderson indicating that Henderson is unlikely to play in Sunday’s opening match of the European Championship against Croatia – defended Liverpool’s captaincy.
‘We are not distracted by anything, we know Hendo’s situation. He has been a very positive influence on the camp, this is a physical step forward for him to be able to play some kind of role in the tournament.
“We’re realistic about what that could be. It’s not a situation where it divides the group, we don’t give up on him being fit, if we can get him to a level that’s a bonus.”
The start of the match was again overshadowed by booing from supporters kneeling in support of racial equality.
Southgate confirmed on Saturday that the players will continue the gesture in front of the dissenters.
ITV pundits believe Henderson should have let Dominic Calvert-Lewin take the penalty
He added: “I think unfortunately I expected what happened, we accepted that. As a group, we will not stop doing what we are doing and what we believe in. I will not stop supporting my players and staff.
‘We have to live with that. We’ve said what we’re going to say. Going forward, it’s pointless for me to go into more detail about it.’
Of Rashford scoring the winner on his debut as captain, Southgate added: “He was delighted to hear that (captain) news this morning and it was nice for him to score that goal too.”
And James Ward-Prowse claimed to be the man called up to replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in Southgate’s 26-man squad.
Gareth Southgate said he would ‘make rank’ after Henderson decided to take the penalty
“Prowsey’s professionalism and approach all week, given the disappointment of being left out, was first class, absolutely first class,” said Southgate.
“The decision will not necessarily be about the performance of (Sunday’s game) as such, it will be really positional and the area where we think we need the most coverage.”
Southgate’s decision will be announced on Monday, as the squad heads to St George’s Park six days later to begin preparations for their Euro 2020 opener at Wembley.