Liverpool’s Henderson keen to impress with England U-21s

Jordan Henderson hopes to use his role as captain of the England U-21 side to impress his Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Henderson has yet to feature in the league under new boss Rodgers this season but has been named as skipper of Stuart Pearce’s side. The England U-21s will reach the play-off stage of qualification for Euro 2013 if they do not lose to Norway on Monday.

Moving to Liverpool from Sunderland a year ago for a fee in the region of £20m, the Mirror claims Henderson struggled to make an impression at Anfield under Dalglish. The 22-year-old featured in all-but-one of the Reds’ Premier League games, however, and made a further half-a-dozen appearances in cup competitions as Liverpool triumphed over Cardiff City in the League Cup but lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Despite his problems in adapting to life on Merseyside, Henderson was called into the senior England squad for Euro 2012 after a series of injury withdrawals and call-up rejections from other players.

Henderson said: “It doesn’t matter if that’s at your club or internationally, you always want to do your best. It’ll be the same on Monday night. It’s great to be able to play 90 minutes – you want to play in every game you can. When I’m fit I want to play and I’m sure everyone else is the same.

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