Jordan Henderson has linked up with the England squad despite his injury problems (Picture: Getty)
Jurgen Klopp has ‘given his blessing’ to Jordan Henderson joining up with the England squad, despite his ongoing injury issues.
The Liverpool skipper added to his side’s injury woes last month when he strained his hamstring in the dramatic win over Newcastle at Anfield.
Henderson has missed the last three games in all competitions and it was no surprise, therefore, when he was left out of Gareth Southgate’s 28-man squad for the upcoming Nations League fixtures against Germany and Italy.
Klopp has been critical of the Nations League in the past and aired his concern at the workload his players have been asked to contend with.
The Liverpool manager is, however, according to the Daily Mail, happy for his captain to join up with his national team and build up his fitness ahead of next month’s Premier League resumption.
Henderson his said to have made sufficient progress in recent weeks and joins up with the Three Lions in what will be their final meet-up before November’s World Cup in Qatar.
The return of the experienced 32-year-old will come as a welcome boost for Southgate whose midfield engine room is becoming an increasing source of concern.
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Jordan Henderson
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Jarrod Bowen, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Ivan Toney.
Kalvin Phillips, a mainstay of the side which reached the final of last summer’s European Championships, has struggled to make an impact since joining Manchester City and is due to undergo shoulder surgery this week.
The form of West Ham’s Declan Rice is also a cause for concern, while Conor Gallagher has been demoted to the Under-21s having made a difficult start to the new campaign back at Chelsea following last season’s successful loan spell at Crystal Palace.
‘We recognise the country is still in a period of mourning and my thoughts remain with the Royal Family,’ said England boss Southgate.
‘While it is important to explain some of our decisions around selection, we didn’t feel it appropriate to hold a full press conference, when it might divert attention from where people’s minds should be at this time.
Kalvin Phillips of Manchester City is set to undergo shoulder surgery (Picture: Getty)
‘This is a bigger than normal squad and part of the rationale is that we are very close to a World Cup and we feel, although our results were disappointing in the summer, we have picked on the basis of form and capability over a long period.
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