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England Euros Squad Odds: Jordan Henderson 8/13 to make the cut

As we enter the last international break of the season, speculation is hotting up surrounding who will make Gareth Southgate's final 23-man squad for this summer's European Championships in Germany.

There is plenty of competition for places and Jordan Henderson, a long-time favourite of Southgate’s, is no longer a guarantee for a place in the squad.

However, the former Liverpool captain has been named in the squad for England’s upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium, hinting that he is still very much in the manager’s plans.

Here we evaluate the Ajax midfielder’s chances of making the finals, with Henderson priced at 8/13 to feature in the 23-man squad.

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Henderson's leadership likely to prove pivotal

England look set to head to Germany with an extremely youthful midfield trio of Trent Alexander-Arnold (25), Declan Rice (25) and Jude Bellingham (20).

Waiting in the wings will be the likes of Conor Gallagher (25) and James Maddison (27), who is somewhat older by comparison, but who had earned just five caps for the Three Lions prior to the Brazil match.

In general, the latest England squad is bereft of much experience with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Kieran Trippier, Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw - a quartet of former Southgate favourites - all absent for the upcoming friendlies.

However, experience and leadership are qualities that Jordan Henderson has in abundance.

The former Sunderland midfielder was Liverpool captain for numerous years, lifting the Premier League and Champions League as Reds’ skipper, and has already led Ajax out on a few occasions despite only joining in January. 

Beyond Harry Kane there are a real lack of leaders in the England squad, with Harry Maguire struggling when Manchester United captain and neither John Stones nor Kyle Walker being the preferred captains at Manchester City.

That means Henderson’s quality in that department could prove valuable in helping a young, inexperienced squad over the line in Germany.

Henderson is still the official vice-captain of the Three Lions and it would be surprising to see Southgate leave out such an influential leader for the Euros.  

Lack of midfield cover could open up a place

Beyond his quality as a leader, Henderson is still a solid footballer and an exceptional worker, with his passing ability and determination likely to prove extremely valuable when looking to close out games.

Rice is a guaranteed starter in the defensive midfield spot in Southgate’s system, with Alexander-Arnold the likeliest partner for the Arsenal star, but should the former West Ham captain suffer an injury, there is a real lack of options for that role.

Phillips’ loan move to Rice’s former employers has started dreadfully as numerous mistakes and a lack of fitness have led to him losing his spot in both the West Ham starting line-up and the England squad.

England’s other proven midfield options, such as Gallagher and Bellingham, are better suited playing further up the field, meaning Henderson is the only real candidate to provide cover for Rice in the holding midfield role.

He played in that position numerous times for Liverpool and, while he may not be good enough to start as the number 6 for the Three Lions anymore, he still rates the best option to fulfil the understudy role.

Mainoo may cause a selection headache

One option we are yet to mention for the role, however, is Manchester United youngster Kobbie Mainoo, who is perhaps the only player who could cost Henderson his seat on the plane.

The 18-year-old has slotted into a previously disjointed and unbalanced Red Devils midfield seamlessly and has subsequently been rewarded with a late call-up to the Three Lions squad for the matches against Brazil and Belgium. 

It is yet to be seen whether Southgate truly rates the young midfielder highly enough to feature in his 23-man squad or whether the call-up was simply to begin integrating Mainoo into the team ahead of the 2026 World Cup. 

He is a supremely talented player, though, and one who looks set to have a good career in the sport.

However, Southgate is a generally risk-averse manager and it would be a big shock to see him include the 18-year-old in his squad given the youthful nature of England’s midfield, especially at the expense of Henderson. 

The Ajax midfielder has been a long-term favourite of Southgate - so much so that the former Middlesbrough manager flew out to the Netherlands to see Henderson’s debut for the Amsterdam outfit - and 8/13 looks a fair price for the England vice-captain to book his seat on the plane to Germany. 

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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