Watch: England fans just had to applaud Henderson after his brilliant pass v Sweden

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Jordan Henderson arrived in the World Cup with something of an unknown role in the team.

The Liverpool captain had been one of the candidates for the England captaincy alongside Harry Kane, with many feeling he couldn't be given the armband when he didn't have a guaranteed place in the XI.

That's a strange position for Henderson, considering he was a fixture for Liverpool as they reached the Champions League final and secured a top-four finish last season.

But he has never secured a position with England despite nearing 40 caps by the time the tournament started.

Gareth Southgate did entrust him the holding midfield position, however, and he has rewarded him with some of the finest performances from an England player.

How his tournament was going to be viewed hung on a knife edge after he missed in the penalty shoot-out against Colombia but the heroics of his teammates saved him from the indignity of costing his team a shootout.

And in the first half against Sweden, Henderson bounced back to earn more praise from England fans with a wonderful pass just before half-time.

England were 1-0 up and searching for a second when their number eight pinged a beautiful first-time ball to put Raheem Sterling clean through on goal.

Just watch how easy he makes it look:

Sterling failed to take the chance but England fans were impressed with the ball:

It's brilliant from Henderson and the kind of thing that he needs to do more often - he's clearly capable of it.

But that wasn't all he had in his locker against Sweden as he also put in a fantastic last-ditch block after a brilliant save from Jordan Pickford.

If Henderson keeps putting in moments like this, he'll be one of the key reasons England can bring the World Cup trophy home this summer.

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