Steven Gerrard Reveals What He Said To Jordan Henderson After Croatia Loss

Isn't it nice that England have gone out of a major tournament and we aren't all sat round deciding who to blame and berating everyone. Even ex pros like Steven Gerrard are joining in on the praise.

The country is a bit somber today with the sun having disappeared just as England went out of the World Cup as the weather literally sums up the mood in the country in an eerie way.

England gave the whole country something to be proud of and made it further than most of us would have expected by getting to the semi-final but just fell short against Croatia.

Despite that performances from Kieran Trippier, Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford and Jordan Hednerson in particular have certainly enhanced their reputations.

Henderson was ousted as captain before the tournament and replaced by Harry Kane but he has led the midfield well and played brilliantly as the most defensive of the three in the middle of the park for Gareth Southgate's team.

The man he took over from at Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, revealed on BBC 5 Live that he'd spoken to Henderson after the match, saying:

"I've been one of his defenders over the last couple of years when he's had his critics about because I know the player and I know the person.

"I spoke to him last night after the game and I said to him: 'Look. I know you'll be hurting right now but you should come back into the country with your head held high.'

"His time will come. He's getting so, so close to one of these trophies and a big success in his career, and it will be making of him and people will realise the player and the leader he is.

"He has absolutely emptied the tank for both England and Liverpool this year.

"He ran out of steam a little bit in extra-time, but he's absolutely given everything for club and country and I think he's had a fantastic season.

"People are starting to appreciate him now, whereas I've appreciated him all along."


Henderson really started coming into his own in the second half of the season for Liverpool and helped them get into the final of the Champions League, after his performances in Russia he's really cementing himself as a top central midfielder.

Liverpool have added Naby Keita and Fabinho to their ranks for next season but they'll have to play extremely well to oust the former Sunderland player.

Ryan Sidle

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