Henderson eyes senior return
Jordan Henderson is relishing the chance to become an England regular and add to his solitary cap.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 12/11/11 12:57pm
Jordan Henderson is relishing the challenge of becoming a regular for England and adding to his solitary international cap.
The Liverpool midfielder made his full international debut a year ago in a friendly against France back in November, but has not started since in Fabio Capello's senior side.
The England Under-21s skipper has also had to watch on as fellow Young Lions team-mates including Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jack Rodwell and Daniel Sturridge have successfully made the step up.
However, Henderson is happy to continue to be an integral figure for Stuart Pearce's men for now and insists he will be ready to take his chance when called upon.
"I'm over the moon for the lads that have gone up," said the 21-year-old.
"A few of them are regulars now and deserve it. I wish them all the best.
"As for me, I believe in myself.
"One day I know I will be given the opportunity and I need to take it.
"I would never think that first cap came too soon. Maybe I didn't perform on the night as well as I would have liked, but I've analysed the performance and moved on.
"You never forget your first cap. It was a brilliant experience and taught me a lot."
Henderson, who starred for the Under-21s in their 5-0 thumping over Iceland on Thursday, also admits he needs to focus on carving out a regular spot in Kenny Dalglish's first-team for Liverpool before thinking about adding to his international cap.
"The year has gone pretty quickly, probably because so much has happened," said the Reds' £20million summer capture from Sunderland.
"I need to concentrate on doing what I'm doing, but I'd love to play for the seniors again soon.
"First I need to get a regular place at Liverpool and start playing well. When I come away with the Under-21s, I need to show that I am 100 per cent at it all the time, and lead by example.
"Then hopefully, I will receive that call-up.
"It's a really big challenge at Anfield but one I'm relishing. We have a lot of great midfielders, but we all help each other and learn from each other. I'm very happy with the way things have gone so far.
"It has been tough, but I have stuck at it. And I am still learning every game."