Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has revealed it's a great honour to captain England in this summer's Under-21 European Championships in Israel.

The Three Lions will begin their tournament tonight against Italy in Tel Aviv and the 22-year old has admitted how proud he is to be skipper.

Although the midfielder already has five caps for the senior squad, he doesn't underestimate his role for the under 21's.

"It is a great honour to captain the country - at any level it is a real privilege," Henderson told reporters. "The lads have been brilliant getting here over two years, but now it's important we do the job right now and finish it off well.

"This is a huge tournament. You can see over the past few years some of the best players in the world have played in this tournament so it is big.

"Everybody will be excited and definitely, definitely motivated going into the games. Certainly not tired. No problem."

Henderson has had an encouraging campaign at Anfield making 44 appearances and scoring six goals in all competitions. 

He believes that working with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has improved his game and the former Sunderland players is confident going into this year's tournament.

"I have been working hard over this past season on a few things," explained Henderson. "I have worked with the manager and stuff at my club and fortunately I have managed to work on the things he wanted me to improve on.

"I am feeling very confident going into the tournament, like I was two years ago. I don't think there is much difference, to be honest."

Two years ago, England failed to make it out of their group after draws with Spain and Ukraine and a defeat to Czech Republic. England needed a win in their final match against the Czech's but a goal in the 89th and another in stoppage time meant England were knocked out early.

Henderson will be joined by Liverpool team-mates Jonjo Shelvey and Andre Wisdom in Israel as they hope to improve on the sides performance from two-years ago.

England qualified for the Under 21 European Championships after a tough two-leg affair with Serbia. The 2-0 aggregate victory was marred by violence after the final whistle when England players were victims of racial abuse and violence by the Serbian fans and players.


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