While England fans will be keen to forget the Three Lions’ 0-0 draw with Slovenia on Tuesday, there will be one player who will never forget it.
Jordan Henderson captained his country for the first time during the World Cup qualifier and will no doubt treasure the memory of leading out his national side in a competitive fixture.
However, the circumstances in which Henderson was handed the armband by Gareth Southgate were fairly unusual.
The interim England boss decided to drop current skipper Wayne Rooney to the substitutes bench for the Slovenia match, meaning Henderson was then named to take over responsibilities.
While some England fans have booed Rooney during the international break for his recent lacklustre performances, he has received a lot of credit for the way he’s dealt with his fall from grace in recent weeks.
Rooney was once the talisman for Manchester United and England but has been dropped by both club and country recently.
But Henderson has explained exactly how Rooney handled the whole situation and revealed what the 30-year-old told him when Southgate named him as England captain.
“Wayne was brilliant,” said Henderson, per the Daily Mail.
“He’s handled the whole thing brilliantly. Even at half-time he was trying to help the lads, telling us how he thought we could improve in the second half. When he came on I thought he did well.
“We get on well and he just said, ’Keep on doing what you have been doing — that’s why you’ve been given the role.'
“He wished us all the best, but he’s the one we all follow.
“He’s the captain and one we all look up to. He’s world class and experienced, and he’s shown that this week.”
Given the disappointing performance by Henderson and co. with Rooney on the bench, it’s unlikely that he will keep hold of the captain’s armband for England’s next fixture - against Scotland at Wembley.
It's likely that Southgate will reinstall Rooney into the starting line-up on November 11, with Henderson having to give back the armband in the process.
However, they will both be wearing a captain’s armband next Monday. That’s because Liverpool clash with Manchester United at Anfield and - if both are selected - will lead out their respective sides during the titanic encounter.
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