England midfielder Henderson hopeful over fitness ahead of Croatia clash

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

And Liverpool duo Henderson and Lovren will come up against each other for the first time in the tournament during the semi-final.

The two Reds stars were seen clasping hands and embracing in a hug as they put their national rivalry aside for a moment.

Jordan Henderson has hailed England's camaraderie under manager Gareth Southgate, citing team spirit as one of the side's key weapons as they prepare for Wednesday's World Cup semifinal against Croatia.

The shotstopper himself witnessed a similar ruse last summer during the European Under-21s semi-final defeat to Germany, when opposite number Julian Pollersbeck pulled a document from his sock outlining where the England players were likely to go.

And Henderson is expected to once again be a pivotal player if the Three Lions are to make it to the final.

Former England defender Stuart Pearce believes Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is showing himself to be the more influential on-field leader than Tottenham superstar Harry Kane in Russian Federation.

"The quality of his game has gone on to another level this season".

"Playing in those big games is something special and it gives you confidence to know that you can perform at the very, very top against the best players in the world and I've just tried to continue that with England".

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