Gerrard: Praise for “Duracell bunny” Henderson and current England squad

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard says the current England squad is a much happier one than four years ago and has discussed his role as captain for club and country.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, June 2, 2012: England's captain Steven Gerrard in action against Belgium during the International Friendly match at Wembley. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In a revealing interview with The Daily Mail, Gerrard spoke openly about his role as England captain at his second successive World Cup, while discussing the difficulty of the last one in South Africa when he was the stand-in skipper for Rio Ferdinand and following the John Terry controversy.

“I suppose I just didn’t feel like the proper captain,” he admits. Fabio Capello had originally given the captaincy to John Terry.

“At the time I was gutted he didn’t choose me but I wasn’t sitting in my room in tears because I knew I was going to play. I knew Capello liked me in that respect.

“And maybe he wanted a more vocal, in-your-face type of captain. That’s not really me. I’ll never be that type of captain because I don’t believe that is the right way to go about it.”

Comparing the current England squad to the one four years ago, Gerrard says “This group of players is great to be around, it is much more enjoyable.”

The 34-year-old discusses his new deep-lying-playmaker role at Liverpool and how it has benefited him.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 23, 2014: Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after beating Swansea City 4-3 during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There’s also praise for Jordan Henderson – “Duracell bunny” he calls him. “He’s got energy to burn. He’s a great athlete. And he does the dirty work as well as the more attacking stuff.

“He’s improved his all-round game to build on the fact that he’s a great athlete — his short passing, his long passing, and he’s getting his name on the score-sheet from time to time, setting a few up too.”

Read the full interview at The Daily Mail website.

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  • SuarezSticksIt2U_Again

    Well he sure was a bunny when he first arrived at Anfield.

    To his credit he has managed to shove a carrot or two down his detractors gobs…including mine.

    Willing to eat a carrot every match day as long as he continues to improve his impressive form of last season.

    England are going to need him at his fittest as most of his team mates won’t be able to handle the humid conditions in the last 20-30mins of games.

    • gwhizz

      …headless chicken when he first arrived…The Road Runner now ;-)

  • Liverpiggy

    Really? “Other footballing deficiencies” please elucidate

  • joe mckeown

    Henderson and BR deserve great credit for turning a headless chicken, into a very capable midfielder. The best is yet to come in my opinion. I’m very happy to have been proved wrong about his capabilities. Keep it up Jordan!!

  • Juan Del Rojo

    ——————-Hart——————–
    Johnson–Jagielka—Cahill–Baines
    ——————Gerrard—————-
    Sterling—-Henderson——-Chamberlain/Barkley
    ————Rooney—–Sturridge—-

    I think this might just be the best representation that Merseyside has had on an England team EVER. Thats eight players from the city of Liverpool as nearly guaranteed starters (Chamberlain probably wont start the first game due to recovery, so Barkley in), ten if Lambert plays and if you still count Rooney as a Scouser. That means 6/11, more than half the starting XI, will be Reds. COME ON YOU REDMEN! Ynwa.

  • lionredbrew

    Cute.

  • ARC1997

    Wasn’t Duracell Bunny Dirk Kuyt? I mean its all well and good and Jordy is great too but isn’t there something else for him? :P