Jose Mourinho has backed Gareth Southgate’s decision to take Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson to Euro 2020 as he is ‘so good’ on TalkSPORT.
The selection of Liverpool’s captain for England caused some controversy, as he didn’t feature towards the back end of the campaign.
The Reds midfielder missed a sizeable chunk of last season through injury and is still working his way back to full fitness.
Henderson managed to play just 45 minutes of a friendly for England, and sat out of their opener against Croatia.
There are still some doubts over whether he will be able to start tonight against Scotland.
There had been some suggestions that a fully fit player should have been selected ahead of the Liverpool man.
But Mourinho thinks that Southgate made the right decision by picking the 31-year-old, and feels that other countries have also been justified in doing similar too.
“They [Belgium] did very well on trusting players with less part of the season with problems. Hazard was injured and not fit, Kevin [De Bruyne] had a problem in the Champions League final, Witsel was injured for a long period of the season. But Martinez knows how good they are,” Mourinho said.
“Like Gareth took Maguire and Henderson with injuries. These are players who are so good, and so important, and they are so fundamental that in a group of 26 players it is not a problem to take players who are not in top form or fit, but they can do it. Like Verratti for Italy too, you take them. You believe in them, and you take them.”
Henderson ready to go?
Henderson has actually insisted that he is fully fit and ready to start now.
However, it seems doubtful that Liverpool midfielder will get into England’s team right now.
England take on Scotland tonight, but their midfield looks almost certain to comprise of Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice and Mason Mount.
The trio all impressed as England beat Croatia on Sunday, and it would be a shock if Southgate tinkered with that starting line-up too much this evening.