Jordan Henderson is convinced that England’s experience in getting closer to glory can make them better equipped to go the extra mile because it’s a process he knows all about when he’s at Liverpool.
The loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley was a devastating blow to England, who felt they were on the verge of their first major title in over 50 years.
Gareth Southgate’s side also came very close to reaching the final of the 2018 World Cup, losing in the semi-final to Croatia.
They grow closer on numerous occasions and it has something to do with Henderson considering his 11-year career at Liverpool has seen ups and downs and close challenges.
The Reds finished second in the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League during Henderson’s Anfield tenure before taking each of those trophies, and he can see why the situation in England is comparable.
“I suppose you could see the similarities in terms of us getting so close and just failing at the last moment until we won,” Henderson said.
“I don’t like to compare with other teams, especially club football, but I feel like when you go through an experience together, especially a good one, but don’t get what you want in the end, it can make you really stronger as a team.
“I keep my runner-up medals. Few players make it to the cup finals, so I will always respect the process of getting there. But when you just miss your dream, it can hurt a lot, and that’s what makes you get better.”
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Henderson, an FA Cup and FA Cup winner as Liverpool captain last season, said complacency “won’t be dangerous” when England take on Senegal in the round of 16 on Sunday.
His former Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane was ruled out of the tournament by the African Cup of Nations champions shortly before the start of the tournament following a brutal injury, but Senegal still beat Ecuador and Qatar in the group stage.
This team needs to be taken seriously, and Henderson, quoted by the Guardian, said: “We can say they’re missing Sadio Mane, but they’ve made the playoffs without him and they’ll feel confident.
“They are used to winning. We just need to focus on what needs to be done, not get too carried away, not look too far ahead.”