Jordan Henderson and Mesut Ozil's no-look passes compared in video

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In what was Jordan Henderson's time to shine as England captain in Wayne Rooney's absence, the Liverpool midfielder churned out a poor performance against Slovenia.

While his qualities as a leader are undeniable, the 26-year-old's ability has repeatedly been brought into question regarding whether he deserves to start for the Three Lions.

That notion came to the fore once again on Tuesday night. Henderson made very little impact throughout the 90 minutes and was caught in possession on one too many occasions.


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One moment in the second 45 epitomised just how awful he was, though.

With possession in his own half, Henderson attempted a no-look pass back to Gary Cahill but instead gifted the ball to a Slovenian player, whose goalbound effort was saved by Joe Hart.

It was an embarrassing lapse in concentration from Liverpool's captain, who will have been relieved to see the ball go out for a corner.

No sooner than Henderson made his calamitous error were comparisons made to Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, who memorably tried a no-look pass during a 3-0 win over Chelsea recently.

The difference between the pair's attempts, simply, was that Ozil successfully found his target, as the brilliant video below shows.

Watch and learn, Jordan.

Henderson, much like a number of his England teammates, wasn't punished for his error yet the truth of the matter was that Gareth Southgate's side might have lost by two or three goals to Slovenia.

Eric Dier put Roman Bezjak through one-on-one with a sloppy back pass in the first half; John Stones' attempted header back to Hart in the second also fell to an opponent; while England's No.1 made a fantastic save from a corner with half an hour remaining.

It was an overall sloppy performance from the Three Lions, but caretaker manager Southgate believes progress has been made from the "mess" he inherited from Sam Allardyce.

"I can't thank the players and support team enough for the backing I have had," he said, per Sky Sports.

"We have taken over a mess really and had to steady the ship. With the overall objective of qualifying, we have kept the team on track."

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