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Jordan Henderson is confirmed as England's captain again - and Twitter is not happy

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England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed that Jordan Henderson would remain skipper for Monday's vital World Cup qualifier with Slovakia at Wembley.

Henderson, who is Liverpool's regular skipper, led England to a comfortable 4-0 win over Malta on Friday, which leaves them two points ahead of Slovakia at the top of the group.

It is a must-win game for the Three Lions, with Slovenia and a trip to Lithuania to come as they look to reach a sixth consecutive World Cup.

However, despite Henderson's experience as a captain, having taken the armband at Liverpool following Steven Gerrard's departure in 2015, there was a negative reaction to the announcement on Twitter.

It does seem a strange choice, considering Southgate said just days ago that he was looking to rotate the captaincy.

"I want to continue sharing that responsibility," he stated in his pre-Malta press conference.

"It’s been healthy for us. We’re seeing good leaders emerging from the group.

"People have talked about that not being the case in the past but in my view there are good leaders in the group, not just senior players but among the younger players as well.

"The more we give them responsibility and allow them to take a lead, the healthier it is for the team. You want people stepping forward making good decisions on the pitch, being brave on the ball, and leading by example."

The former Middlesbrough manager decided to stick rather than twist ahead of their penultimate home qualifier though, as he looks to better their 0-0 draw in Slovakia last year.

But Twitter was far from pleased with the news, and several users bemoaned Southgate's choice.

Despite the views of the fans, Southgate told the press that there was no reason to give a different player the armband.

"Jordan stays [as captain] and there is no point in changing that," he said

"Normally the captain does the two games when we've been together unless we change the team and that guy does not play.

"This result can virtually get us to Russia so everybody wants that and it would be great if we get the level of support that I know that stadium can bring."

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