It was supposed to be the perfect evening for Jordan Henderson.
The Liverpool skipper was chosen by Gareth Southgate to take over the England armband after Wayne Rooney was dropped to the substitutes bench for the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.
Henderson would have been hoping he could produce an inspiring performance and lead his country to a fairly comfortable three points in their quest to qualify for the Russia World Cup.
But that wasn’t the case in Ljubljana as Henderson struggled throughout the 90 minutes and the Three Lions were lucky to pick up a point as they played out a 0-0 draw.
In fact, if it wasn’t for goalkeeper Joe Hart making a series of impressive saves, Southgate’s side would have left Slovenia empty handed.
For Henderson, though, he wasn’t able to replicate his man of the match performance against Malta at Wembley last weekend. The former Sunderland man misplaced numerous passes and failed to fulfil his role of captain and inspire his side to victory.
But his worst moment of the match came in the second-half. With time running out, Henderson was hoping to start an attack which would see his side steal a winner.
But, instead of playing a pass forward, he attempted a no-look pass back to Gary Cahill. That pass was horribly under-hit and it needed another brilliant save from Hart to bail out the stand-in skipper.
Take a look at the awful pass here:
And England fans on Twitter didn't exactly enjoy Henderson's first appearance as England skipper as they slammed him for his display. Check out some of the reaction below:
After the bore draw, it’s unlikely that Southgate will choose to leave Rooney out again meaning Henderson may well have to give up the captain’s armband for England’s next fixture - against Scotland.
And Henderson himself insists that the Manchester United forward is still the leader in the England camp, despite him being dropped for the clash against Slovenia.
Wayne is very experienced, for me he has been one of the best players in the world for many years and he sets an example to all of us on and off the field," Henderson said.
"He is someone we all look up to as a captain and a leader for his experience and the type of person that he is.
"He is massive for this team and just because he is not playing, it won't change anything.”
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