Newly-crowned Footballer of the Year Jordan Henderson has stressed his desire to continue improving to clinch Euro 2020 title next year following his impressive run this season. The 30-year-old Reds skipper was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, two days on from lifting the Premier League trophy for his club Liverpool.
“My motivation will never change, I’ll always want to improve, I’ll always want more, I’ll always want to win trophies and be successful whether that’s at Liverpool or with England” Henderson told news portal when asked about possible glory on home soil with England at Euro 2020. “I’ll always give everything to try to be better and try to make my team mates better and that’s again both at Liverpool and England”
The midfielder, who has been with Liverpool for nine seasons, is a key a role for the Reds’ huge points margin in the league that led to their first league title since 1990, just a year after he helped them win the Champions League in 2018-19. Henderson believes England could have the guts to end years of anguish in the Euro like Liverpool have done in the Premier League.
The Liverpool captain who led the team to its Premier League title this season could play as the holding midfield role for the Three Lions, the position that he comfortable to play despite qualities are not fit. He is one of the first names on the team sheet for England’s Starting XI. His rival in this post could be Mason Mount if Southgate will see him as an error-prone in this position.
“The ambition is just to give everything and try to help team mates and perform to the highest level and try to use my experience that I’ve had over the last few years to help different players and different teams,” Henderson added. “But of course, yes, England is a big opportunity with the talent and the players we have there so I’m looking forward to being a part of that and helping in any way I can.
Off the pitch, Henderson spearheaded the #playerstogetherinitiative during the coronavirus lockdown which saw players team up with NHS Charities Together to raise money for the health service. “It’s very important. It was a big positive out of a really bad last few months,” Henderson said of the initiative.Along with Henderson in this imitative is England captain Harry Kane.
“To put rivalry aside and for all the captains and players representatives of all the clubs in the Premier League to come together and support and help the NHS staff and volunteers for all the work they were doing was really powerful and meant a lot to us. I think we’re all really proud of what we did over that period,” he added. “I think what we’ve done so far is incredible.”