Jordan Henderson is set to replace Jude Bellingham for England’s crucial World Cup clash with Wales after disappointing 19-year-old Three Lions draw outing with USA.
Jordan Henderson is set to start for England in their crucial game against Wales on Tuesday.
The Liverpool captain replaced Jude Bellingham at midfield in the second half of the Three Lions draw with the USA on Friday, and is set to kick-start the teen team’s final group stage game again, much to the annoyance of many fans.
Bellingham struggled to make an impact against the Americans after scoring in the opening game against Iran, and Gareth Southgate will opt for experience over youth for the match that will determine his team’s fate at the World Cup. The Three Lions trained on the Monday before their final group game, with only Ben White left out of the group.
Jordan Henderson will replace Jude Bellingham in midfield for England against Wales
Henderson was signed by the teenager, who struggled to make an impact, against the USA.
Although stylistically the move is a similar replacement with Henderson set to line up alongside Declan Rice, Bellingham is 13 years younger than his teammate with players at opposite ends of their careers.
Henderson is playing in his third World Cup, while the Borussia Dortmund man has made just two major tournament appearances for England, both in Qatar.
It is unclear how many changes Southgate will make to the game in total, but his side is expected to rotate with qualification for the next round all but assured.
Henderson and Bellingham seem to have formed a strong friendship in the England squad
A win would guarantee England first place in Group B, although a draw could leave them vulnerable to finishing second with Iran and the USA trailing behind.
Fan frustrations were evident after the US draw, and another poor result against Wales will only make matters worse ahead of the knockout rounds.
Midfielder Jack Grealish called the response an “overreaction” after his players were booed on Friday.
Bellingham have had two contrasting games in the tournament so far after shining against Iran.
Wales, meanwhile, must hope for a miracle to qualify, with a big swing needed for Rob Page’s side to reach the last 16.
They need to beat England by four goals to reach the round of 16 after a disappointing loss to Iran, but they have the advantage of knowing they won’t need to rely on the other result in the unlikely event that happens.
Iran will face the USA in the other group game with the winner qualifying.