Can Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson make the England World Cup squad?

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The former Sunderland midfielder has admitted that the national set-up is in his thoughts, and has started this season well at Anfield.

England booked their place at next summer’s World Cup with a 2-0 win over Poland on Tuesday night, with homegrown players now having an extra incentive to perform well for their clubs this season.

Some players seem certain for inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s contingent to travel to Brazil, while others can force their way into the reckoning with strong showings in the Premier League.

One man that fits into the latter category is Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson. The former Sunderland man has admitted that he is eager to be involved for the tournament next summer, and knows that he will need to impress for the Reds to get a chance.

"I think everyone wants to play for England at the end of the day," Henderson told reporters.

"It's a massive opportunity and to play for your country is a real honour but all I can do is keep playing well for Liverpool and keep working hard.

"There's nothing more I can do. When it comes to selection it's up to the England manager to select the best squad he can for the upcoming games."

A year ago Henderson’s inclusion in any potential World Cup squad looked slim, as the midfielder’s merits at Anfield were being put under question. With Brendan Rodgers taking over at the Merseyside club, Henderson was one man that was predicted to leave the club.

While other signings of Kenny Dalglish such as Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing have been sold on, Henderson has got his head down and pledged to do all he could to impress his new Northern Irish manager.

This season Henderson has been an ever-present in a Liverpool team with more strength in depth and top-four ambitions. In Rodgers’ newly adopted 3-5-2 system, the former Sunderland man has been able to cast away his berth on the right flank and play more centrally alongside Steven Gerrard.

Henderson looks to have regained a lot of his confidence and looks like the energetic and able player that was a fans favourite at the Stadium of Light once more. His challenge will be contesting a central midfield berth with Gerrard, Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen.

However, if he can command a regular starting berth in the Liverpool side and continue his current form there is no reason why he will not be in consideration for a place in England’s World Cup squad.

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