West Ham star Declan Rice admits he is regularly amazed by Jordan Henderson’s “intensity” – and says he’s “praying” the “world-class” Liverpool captain will be available for this summer’s Euros.
Henderson underwent groin surgery after suffering an injury in February’s Merseyside derby and he was initially ruled out for up to six weeks.
But the latest update by England boss Gareth Southgate suggests the 30-year-old is set for a longer spell on the sidelines.
Henderson is one of the most experienced players in the Three Lions set-up with 58 caps, and Rice claims his leadership and selflessness make him an invaluable presence in the dressing room.
The Hammers enforcer told talkSPORT : “I think every time I’ve played with Jordan, or trained with him, just the intensity that he trains at, but while talking to the team and helping the team out, is just something that I’ve never really seen before.
“He’s a player that puts the squad puts the team before himself. He’s always wanting to help out
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“I’m praying that he’s fit for the Euros and comes through this groin injury because if he wasn’t there, we’d miss him massively.
“He’s a top player, world-class player. He’s won the top trophies. He’s been at the big tournaments. He knows what to do. On the pitch, you feel his experience, his leadership.”
Henderson has captained Liverpool to Champions League and Premier League glory, and represented his country at two European Championships and two World Cups.
But Southgate admits he faces a race against time to recover in ahead of this summer’s tournament.
“We know it’s going to be close to the end of the season and we will just have to see how it goes,” he said.
“We are conscious that with any injury of that nature, there is a guide and a time defined but that anything can happen along the way.”
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