Henderson looks forward despite setback

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says he will ignore his critics and concentrate on playing his best football for the club and England Under-21s as he prepares to captain the Under-21s on Wednesday night.

Henderson was not named in Stuart Pearce’s England squad for their friendly against Holland at Wembley on Wednesday night, a setback after making his debut recently under Fabio Capello.

However, Henderson is seeing it as an opportunity to raise his game, ignoring the barrage of criticism he has received since his £20million move from Sunderland to Liverpool last summer.

Ahead of the Under-21s meeting with Belgium at Middlesbrough‘s Riverside Stadium, Henderson said, “I don’t really worry what other people think, they’re entitled to their opinion,” he said. “I’m focused on what I want to achieve.

“I want to get back in the senior squad as soon as I can, but for now I make sure I play well for the under-21s and for Liverpool every week.

“Of course there’s a lot of room for improvement, but I am working on it every day in training and I am focused on what I need to do. I know what I need to do and I am going to do ­everything I can to get where I want to be.”

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