Next month, England face Ukraine in a Euro 2024 qualifier, before a friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park to mark 150 years since their first meeting.
For once there was little debate over which Liverpool players would be involved as, despite Joe Gomez‘s availability, Alexander-Arnold was the only real contender.
The right-back has been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the fixtures on September 9 and 12, and could start again in midfield.
Southgate deployed Alexander-Arnold as his deep-lying midfielder in meetings with Malta and North Macedonia in the summer, and was rewarded with a goal and an assist.
Also included for the Three Lions is Henderson, whose controversial move to Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq led to suggestions he should be overlooked.
But with Southgate insistent that a major step down in competition would not rule players out of his plans, the former Liverpool captain has received a call-up.
Henderson has so far made three appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side, wearing the armband with a record of one win, one draw and one defeat.
Any claim of a meritocracy in Southgate’s selection process is undone, again, by the inclusion of Man United defender Harry Maguire.
England squad vs. Ukraine and Scotland
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Harry Maguire, Levi Colwill, Marc Guehi, Lewis Dunk, Kieran Tripper, Kyle Walker, Ben Chilwell
Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, James Maddison, Callum Wilson, Eddie Nketiah, Eberechi Eze