Jordan Henderson to become 11th Liverpool player to captain England

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Tuesday night will represent a proud moment for Jordan Henderson, with the Liverpool skipper leading out England for the first time.

International football may not do a lot for the majority of supporters, but Reds fans will be keeping a close on England’s trip to Slovenia.

With Wayne Rooney finally dropped to the substitutes’ bench, stand-in Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has named Henderson as captain for Tuesday’s showdown in Ljubljana’s Stozice Stadium.

It is yet another huge achievement for the 26-year-old, who recovered from a difficult start at Liverpool to eventually take over from Steven Gerrard as captain in 2015.

Henderson becomes the 11th Reds player to skipper England while representing the club, with the Reds having provided more captains for England than any other club.

Emlyn Hughes

Emlyn Hughes is seen as one of Liverpool’s most popular players, enjoying 12 successful years at Anfield between 1967 and 1979.

While at the peak of his powers, ‘Crazy Horse’ replaced the legendary Bobby Moore as England captain, and went on to lead out the Three Lions 23 times.

Kevin Keegan

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly (left) with Kevin Keegan (right) at Anfield

Kevin Keegan was Liverpool’s first bona fide superstar, and also the the Reds’ talisman for a large chunk of the 1970s.

He first captained England in 1976, a year before he left to join Hamburg, and would skipper his country three times as a Liverpool player.

Phil Thompson

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 4, 2001: Liverpool's caretaker manager Phil Thompson celebrates the 3-1 victory over Manchester United during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Phil Thompson doesn’t always receive the plaudits that fellow legendary Liverpool centre-backs do, but he was a integral part of the Reds’ success in the in 1970s and 1980s.

Rather surprisingly, Thompson only skippered England six times, with the first of those coming against Bulgaria in November 1979.

Ray Clemence

Widely acknowledged as Liverpool’s best goalkeeper of all time, Ray Clemence often dovetailed with Peter Shilton as England’s No.1, in a bid to make both world-class stoppers happy.

His only took the captain’s armband on one occasion during his 61 appearances, however, in a 1-0 defeat at home to Brazil in 1981.

Phil Neal

Arguably the Reds’ greatest ever full-back, Phil Neal won all there was to win at club level, during an outstanding 11 years on Merseyside.

He won 50 caps for England between 1976 and 1983, but like his former teammate Clemence, he only skippered the Three Lions once, in a 1-1 draw with Iceland in 1982.

Even back then England couldn’t beat the Nordic minnows.

Peter Beardsley

Peter Beardsley, Liverpool

Without question, Peter Beardsley is one of the most gifted footballers to wear a Liverpool shirt, but unlike many other former Reds, he was also excellent for England.

Although never someone who came across a natural leader, Bobby Robson gave him the armband in 1988, as his England side drew 0-0 away to Israel.

Beardsley was in his absolute prime at this point, weaving his magic alongside John Barnes, in Liverpool’s most entertaining side of all time.

Paul Ince

Paul Ince, poses for the media in his new colours, at Anfield today (Tuesday), after completing a 4.2 million switch to Liverpool. Ince, 29, warned he will make his former club Manchester United pay the ultimate price for their lack of interest in resigning him. Photo by Dave Kendall/PA.Watch for PA Story

Liverpool never really got to see Paul Ince at his best, having joined the Reds just a few months shy of his 30th birthday, but he still produced some good displays in that time.

His importance at international level was outlined by him skippering England away to Italy, in a famous 0-0 draw – the first of three times he captained them while at Liverpool.

Ince was outstanding that night as Glenn Hoddle’s men qualified for the 1998 World Cup, and images of him leaving the pitch with his head bandaged are still shown to this day.

Michael Owen

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Saturday, May 15, 2004: Liverpool's Michael Owen in action against Newcastle United during the final Premiership game of the season at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Michael Owen was often criticised for seemingly caring more about England than Liverpool, which always felt a little harsh, given what he contributed at Anfield.

Owen was often vice-captain to David Beckham in the early to mid 2000s, and captained his country nine times in total.

His first game as skipper came on a proud day in 2002, when Owen led his country out at Anfield against Paraguay, at a time when England played all around the country with Wembley being rebuilt.

Steven Gerrard

International Football - Friendly - England v Belgium

Steven Gerrard is not only a contender for Liverpool’s greatest ever player, but also one of their most inspirational captains.

Having been named as Sami Hyypia’s successor in 2003, Gerrard was given his first taste of the England captaincy by Sven-Goran Eriksson, against Sweden the following year.

He wasn’t permanently given the role until 2012, though, but still managed to skipper England for 40 of his 114 caps.

Only Beckham (59), Bryan Robson (65), Moore (90) and Billy Wright (90) eclipse him in that respect.

James Milner

James Milner, England (Picture by: Adam Davy / PA Archive/Press Association Images)

James Milner didn’t always manage to hold down a regular place in England’s team, prior to his international retirement this year.

Despite this, Roy Hodgson named him as captain for the Three Lions’ friendly with Holland in March, which they lost 2-1.

It wasn’t the most memorable of evenings for a Liverpool player leading out his country.

Jordan Henderson

Picture by: Tim Goode / PA Wire/Press Association Images England's Jordan Henderson during the International Friendly at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Tuesday is sure to be an emotional occasion for Henderson, but it is an honour he thoroughly deserves, after an impressive start to the season.

At 26, he is at a perfect age to kick on and reach another level, and with Rooney slowly on the way out, who’s to say Henderson can’t be England’s next permanent captain?

Back in 2011 and 2012, not many would have predicted him to be leading out both Liverpool and England one day.

🏆  Written by the talented team that produces the official matchday programme and magazine, this is the complete story of a historic season.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Fan Comments