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Liverpool boss backs Henderson for England

Henderson could feature against Chile and Germany in upcoming friendlies. (©GettyImages)
Henderson could feature against Chile and Germany in upcoming friendlies. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Jordan Henderson deserves an international recall, adding he feels the midfielder's versatility could earn him a World Cup spot.

The former Sunderland midfielder was rewarded for his efforts this year, when England manager Roy Hodgson included him in the squad for this month's friendlies with Chile and Germany earlier today. 

Henderson has been capped five times for his country, but hasn't featured since Euro 2012 where he replaced the injured Frank Lampard, making two appearances in the competition.

Henderson was previously omitted from the Liverpool team last season, but has found himself featuring regularly this term, playing in multiple positions for the Reds. 

Rodgers told ESPN: "Brilliant. It’s great for the boy and I think he merits it for the start he has had to the season. Congratulations to him.

“It’s a big credit to him that I have been able to play him in a couple of positions. If you are going to a World Cup, you need players who can play in a number of positions.

"He can do that. He has shown this season in a wing-back role and a centre-midfield role how versatile he is."

The Northern Irishman also spoke on the fitness of right-back Glenn Johnson and creative midfielder Philippe Coutinho ahead of the clash against Fulham this Saturday. 

The England defender missed the defeat to Arsenal last weekend with a virus, whilst the Brazilian playmaker made a late cameo appearance at the Emirates Stadium as a substitute. 

Rodgers continued: “We have Philippe Coutinho coming back who adds a real quality to our game.

"My history as a coach shows I love players with personality and technique and this is a player with high level of technicality and strong personality.

“So you bring him back in and Glen Johnson will be back as well. He is fine -- he has trained this week.

"It was just one of those things that happened (to rule him out of the Arsenal game). Maybe if it was a day earlier he would have been able to play.”

Liverpool welcome the Cottagers to Anfield, and victory could move them back up to second in the Premier League table.

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