Jordan Henderson Consoled James Rodriguez After England's Win Over Colombia
Jordan Henderson and James Rodriguez could have been in direct competition last night but despite the fact that the Colombian didn't make it onto the pitch the England midfielder still had time to console him after the dramatic penalty shoot-out.
Colombia required a win in their last group game against Senegal to go through to the last 16 of the World Cup and whilst they were happy they managed it the collateral damage was losing James Rodriguez to injury.
The midfielder was by far their best player four years ago as they reached the quarter finals and he won the tournament's Golden Boot and earned himself a move to Real Madrid because of it.
Jose Pekerman would have been hoping that the 26 year old could repeat the trick four years later in Russia but instead he had to start the loss against Japan without his talisman and against England Rodriguez didn't even make the bench.
The Bayern Munich loanee had to watch as his side lost to England on penalties, and he'd no doubt have taken one. At the end of the match he was sat on the bench devastated and Jordan Henderson took time out of celebrations to console him:
Jordan Henderson appreciation tweet - missed the penalty but went to console James Rodriguez when he's distraught about not playing and watched his nation crashed out. My club skipper, you cannot hate this man pic.twitter.com/IWLYNQOX0u- Sam (@VintageSalah) July 3, 2018
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James Rodriguez heartbroken and being consoled by Jordan Henderson after the game pic.twitter.com/9FNQrsRLPl- Juan "WorldCup" Direction (@JuanDirection58) July 4, 2018
An extremely classy gesture from Henderson it must be said.
Rodriguez even tweeted about his heartbreak after the match:
Henderson would have had every right to be celebrating more than any of the other England players out of relief if nothing else after his spot kick was the only one the Three Lions missed.
He can put that behind him now though, having had a very good World Cup both personally and in the team, as they go on to the quarter final against Sweden on Saturday.