Henderson is a perfect replacement for Rooney England captaincy……… Southgate

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 Henderson is the right choice to replace the
dropped Wayne Rooney as England ‘s captain against
Slovenia on Tuesday, interim manager Gareth
Southgate said.
Southgate confirmed that his under-fire skipper will
not be in the starting line-up for the World Cup
qualifier, but insisted Rooney remains captain of the
national team.
Liverpool midfielder Henderson will instead wear the
armband in Ljubljana with Eric Dier taking Rooney’s
place in the XI.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference on
Monday, Southgate stated that Henderson’s
experience of captaining Liverpool, where he took the
over the role from Reds legend Steven Gerrard , made
him the obvious choice.
“I’ve been very impressed with him,” Southgate said.
“What’s stood out for me is that he’s captained a
club where he’s had to take over from one of the
most iconic players in English football [Gerrard].
“He has got a voice, an opinion and what he thinks
we need to work on and a good tactical mind.
“It was not an easy decision as there are other senior
players in the squad but, because he is the captain
of a big football club, it was the right decision for
me.”
Rooney said he believes Henderson is also the right
option to take the captaincy.
“I think Jordan is a fantastic leader,” Rooney said.
“He has taken a difficult job from Steven Gerrard at
Liverpool and grown into the position.
“He has great leadership qualities and he deserves
his chance. It will be an incredibly proud moment for
him and his family.”
Southgate added he is expecting a tough game from
Slovenia, but is targeting an away victory that would
keep England at the top of Group F and extend their
100 per cent record.
“I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen of Slovenia,”
Southgate said.
“It’s clearly a very tight group but we want to leave
here top of the table and to get a second away win
would put us in a good position.”
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