The partnership of Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson was a mayhem for Senegal in their Round of 16 clash against England, as the Three Lions progressed to the quarterfinals with a dominant 3-0 win. Gareth Southgate, as known for his absurd decisions, opted for a 4-3-3 rather than his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, starting Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson altogether like the Wales’ game. His trick paid-off once again, as England cruised to a win with a same scoreline as that of against their neighbours in the previous game.
Henderson opened the scoring from a brilliant Bellingham assist, as the Dortmund midfielder celebrated the goal vehemently. Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka then added the second and third goal respectively, as England made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for a second time in a row. The elevated Three Lions’ squad enjoyed their win, as Bellingham spoke to the media in a brief post-match talk. The 19-year-old singled out Henderson’s display and lavished praise on the Liverpool man, further bashing his critics.
It’s time he got a bit of respect – Jude Bellingham while hitting out at Henderson-haters
Jordan Henderson has absolutely revived his once ailing career at Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp tookover the Liverpool job. Many expected him to leave the Merseyside club, as they thought he wasn’t a fit for Klopp’s high-pressing system. However, Henderson has defied all the haters and has had a brilliant seven years at Anfield, leading the club as their captain in 277 of his 465 games for them.
He revived his career at Anfield so staggeringly, that he became the heartbeat of the Liverpool midfield, after legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard left them in 2015. As the doubters circled around him when he was appointed as the captain after Gerrard’s departure, Henderson proved them wrong every season by improving massively under Klopp. He led Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years, besides a Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, FA Cup and League Cup.
Although he was regular part of the England squad since 2013, Henderson was a mere benchwarmer there. But his solid displays in the recent years for Liverpool have earned him a regular role in the starting eleven of the Three Lions, with manager Gareth Southgate too trusting the loyal Reds’ player. Henderson has started two of England’s four World Cup games now, and hasn’t put a foot wrong. Outlining his importance, and the kind of player he is, Jude Bellingham told ITV Sports after the Senegal game:
“Brilliant performance today [from Henderson], I’ve seen some of the rubbish about him playing. It’s ridiculous. He is so underrated technically and he’s delivered again in a big game with a massive goal. It’s time he got a bit of respect.”
“I thought Jude and Hendo were outstanding in that aspect of the game. Well they’re both forward-thinking, forward running midfield players. Hendo doesn’t get many goals for us but I think he’s been outstanding. He knits the team together. He has been outstanding around the camp, he is a real leader. His performances have been top drawer for us.”
Jordan Henderson and Jude Bellingham complimented each other in the best manner on the pitch, as the Liverpool midfielder took a deeper role this time alongside Rice, which allowed Jude Bellingham to contribute more up the pitch. And that was quite evident after he made a clever run to receive Kane’s pass on the left flank, and nicely teed up Henderson for the opener. The two will now look towards delivering another dominant display, as England now face defending champions France in a mouthwatering quarterfinal clash on December 11.