Peter Reid: Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson Is Better Than Arsenal’s Midfield Star

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Peter Reid believes that Jordan Henderson is the best choice for England in the holding midfield role…

Peter Reid has expressed his belief that Liverpool star Jordan Henderson is a better choice than Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere for the holding role in England’s midfield.

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The former Manchester City, Sunderland and England Under 21 boss believes finding the right “destroyer” is the biggest question left for Hodgson after the 2-0 win in Switzerland.

Reid, who was quoted in the Daily Mail, said: “We have good forward players like Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana to come back but at the other end, when Phil Jones lost the ball at 0-0, if we were against top quality opposition, we would have been 1-0 down.

“That extra defensive shield is my one area of concern but we have time to improve on that. I think Henderson could go in there, he has great legs and could do a job.”

He added: “I am not sure about Wilshere in the holding midfield role. I think you have to be good defensively to play that holding midfield role. Can Wilshere do that?”

England’s victory on Monday evening, which came courtesy of a brace from new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck, represented the perfect start for Roy Hodgson’s side in arguably their toughest game of the group.

Their other opponents over the coming months will be Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia and San Marino.

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