Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson maintained his increasing reputation as a regular first-teamer for the England national team with another solid performance in the 1-1 draw with Italy.
The central midfielder has become a progressively more influential figure for the Reds this campaign, captaining the side in the absence of Steven Gerrard who was out of action with injury.
For England, he has also gradually become more involved in the reckoning and further staked his bourgeoning claim at the weekend with an impressive performance against Lithuania.
Against Italy, many observers felt Henderson would make way as boss Roy Hodgson experimented, yet the 24-year-old kept his place in the starting XI and performed well despite a poor first-half showing.
A Graziano Pelle opener after 29 minutes was the difference between the two teams at half time, though it could have been worse as Antonio Conte’s men looked in control.
Nevertheless, Michael Carrick’s introduction ultimately swung the momentum in the Three Lions’ favour and his presence prompted a response with Henderson among many vastly improving.
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As per the table above, the former Sunderland man was a busy player in the visitors’ midfield and linked the attack and defence well, especially during a dominant spell at the beginning of the second period.
He took 71 touches in total and completed 55 passes, averaging a success rate of 83.6% which was fairly consistent considering the visitors were starved of possession in the early stages.
While the Kop favourite posed little threat going forward, defensively he was calm and assured as he completed three tackles and two interceptions – among his team’s best tallies.
His night in Turin was cut short as he was replaced by Spurs' Ryan Mason, but with a crucial Premier League clash between Liverpool and Arsenal this weekend it was most likely planned beforehand.