Industrious midfielder a doubt for huge Switzerland clash.
England manager Roy Hodgson has been dealt a new injury blow, report the Mirror, after Jordan Henderson picked up a knock in training ahead of the Three Lions’ crunch Euro 16 qualifying clash against Switzerland in Basel on Monday evening.
Hodgson has already lost Henderson’s club teammate, star striker Daniel Sturridge, to an injury picked up in training, with the loss of Henderson set to be another huge blow to the beleaguered England boss after the former Sunderland midfielder emerged as a key part of a youthful, emerging England side.
Henderson started last week’s friendly victory over Norway at Wembley in a holding midfield role alongside Jack Wilshere, tempering his energetic bursts that define his club form somewhat to cover for England’s lack of a natural defensive midfield, and was one of few players to come out of the evening with a great deal of credit.
If Henderson is ruled out of the match in Basel then Hodgson is likely to turn to a player who he has proven willing to place plenty of trust in before, Manchester City man James Milner, who is likely to step in and partner Wilshere in the centre of the park.
With the likes of the talented Granit Xhaka and ethereal Bayern Munich playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri likely to be big Swiss attacking threats through the middle, sorting out a solid central midfield base will be one of Hodgson’s main priorities for England’s toughest test in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.