Henderson ready to fill England role

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Jordan Henderson has declared himself ready to be thrust into the thick of England's European Championship campaign if Roy Hodgson's worst fears about his central midfield are realised.

Hodgson admitted on Monday he was not certain Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker could continue to play every four days in Poland and Ukraine. That could see Henderson thrown in at the deep end in either Friday's second Group D game against Sweden or Tuesday's final match against Ukraine.

The Liverpool midfielder, who replaced Parker for the final 13 minutes of Monday's opening 1-1 draw with France, said: "I will be ready if I am needed."

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