Henderson and Sterling earn England call up

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    Liverpool midfielders Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling have both been called up to the England squad to play Denmark in a friendly on Wednesday evening.

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    Should he feature, Sterling will earn his second England cap since making his debut in a friendly defeat to Sweden in November 2012.

    The 19-year-old has been in fantastic form for the Reds since breaking into the first team in December, and has started every Premier League game since.

    He was expected to get the nod from England boss Roy Hodgson, after scoring five goals and creating three assists this season – including a recent brace during the 5-1 rout of Arsenal.

    Henderson and Sterling will be joined in the squad by Liverpool teammates Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge, as well as captain Steven Gerrard.

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has praised Hodgson’s decision to include both players in his latest squad.

    He said: “In the period since he (Sterling) has come into the team he has been outstanding. He’s really grown as a young player, it’s easy to forget he’s only 19 years of age.

    “There’s no doubt in his position he’s one of the best players in England. It’s a great reward for him, his maturity and how he approaches the pressures of playing because he’s playing with a wonderful freedom and is working very hard for the team.

    “He’s very deserving of the opportunity.

    “England have got a number of good midfield players and Jordan is up there with them. It is a wonderful demonstration of how hard he’s been working and more importantly how well he’s been playing.

    “I read a comment a few weeks back from Jack Wilshere saying that he is the hardest opponent he has played because of how hard he runs, how he presses and how good he is on the ball.

    “So that tells you the level he is at.

    “He’s relentless. He wants to be the best he can be – and England is a better squad with Jordan in it.”

     

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