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Echo: 'Henderson perfect for England'
Oct 19th 2013, 09:56

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Brendan Rodgers believes Jordan Henderson is "absolutely perfect" for England's World Cup squad.

The Liverpool midfielder hasn't featured for his country since he won his fifth cap in the quarter-final defeat to Italy in Euro 2012.

However, Henderson has been ever present for the Reds in the Premier League so far this season and is certain to keep his place for Saturday's lunchtime showdown at Newcastle United.

Rodgers says his outstanding club form merits an international recall and he's backing the 23-year-old to join the likes of clubmates Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Glen Johnson on the plane to Brazil next summer.

"I think there is a great opportunity there for Jordan," Rodgers told the ECHO.

"I look at Jordan and I think he's absolutely perfect for the World Cup squad.

"Firstly, in terms of the performance level he has shown so far this season. But also because when you go to a World Cup you are taking a squad with you.

"You need players who are going to be flexible and can play well in a number of positions and I am sure Roy Hodgson knows that."

We have seen it already this season when he has played as a wing-back, as a wide midfield player in a 4-2-3-1 and as a central midfield player. Jordan plays all those positions really well.

"His best position in the longer term for me will be central in the corridor making runs forward.

"He's a player I've been really impressed with and above many other players he should be in that squad."

Luis Suarez is set to make his 100 appearance for the Reds at St James' Park.

The Uruguay striker only returned to Merseyside from international duty in his homeland late on Thursday.
Suarez played 90 minutes in their hard-fought 3-2 win over Argentina but Rodgers has no concerns about throwing him straight into battle in the North East.

"It was a long trip back for Luis but he should be fine," Rodgers said.

"We've had this a number of times where he doesn't get back until late on a Thursday and then only links up with the squad on the Friday. It won't be a problem.

"I remember last season he came back looking tired and got a hat-trick against Wigan that day. Hopefully it will be the same impact at Newcastle as he had then.

"Luis Suarez has a phenomenal mentality. His hunger to play is as good as I've ever seen in a player.

"He keeps going and going. He's remarkable really in terms of his desire to play football. He is relentless."

Meanwhile, Rodgers confirmed he flew to Boston during the international break to meet Liverpool principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner.

"It was informal, I just went more out of respect," he said. "I said I would pop over for a few days and just give them an update really in terms of where we were going, and where we were at."

Source: Liverpool Echo

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