England’s dream of a second World Cup title was hanging by a thread after Jordan Henderson saw his penalty saved by David Ospina.
The Liverpool midfielder stepped up with England at a 3-2 deficit in the penalty shootout. His miss meant Colombia were a few spot-kicks from sealing their place in the quarter-finals.
But Henderson was saved when Mateus Uribe crashed his effort from 12 yards onto the bar, while Jordan Pickford saved tremendously from Carlos Bacca.
That turn of events saw Eric Dier have the chance to end England’s penalty shootout heartache, and he did so by firing past David Ospina.
Understandably, Henderson was disappointed with his effort.
He admitted after the game that he felt as if he had let his teammates down after seeing his penalty saved.
You would not blame Henderson for shying away from an opportunity to take another spot-kick for the rest of the tournament.
But the the 27-year-old has shown true character by claiming he would be happy to step up again if Gareth Southgate wants him to.
“It hasn’t put me off but it might put Gareth off,” he said, per the Daily Mail.
“I’d take another one but obviously it’s down to the manager and I would understand if he chose someone else.”
That sums Henderson up.
Not only does he want to take another penalty, he also respects Southgate’s decision if he feels differently.
The midfielder has emerged into a leader for both Liverpool and England, and although many people don’t always see it that way, he remains an integral part of both teams.
Fair play to him for continuing to do whatever he can for his country, despite being disappointed in the past.
Henderson also added that he was thankful for his teammates for helping him out.
“I can hardly remember it, he said when reflecting on the penalty. “I just went through the process that I normally do, that I’ve been working on.
“Maybe it was a good height for the keeper if anything, it needed to be higher or lower but in penalties you can miss or there can be a good save but thankfully the lads dug me out.”
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