Gabriel Agbonlahor Calls Jordan Henderson 'Selfish'


Jordan Henderson picked up a season ending groin injury in February against Everton at Anfield and ever since he has been fighting to be fit for England's EURO 2020 campaign.

Henderson is a massive part of the England squad, he is their vice-captain and probably has the most experience in a relatively young England team.

So even though he isn't fully fit currently, his impact to the squad is still vital and even his presence there will boost the players spirits.

However, one former England international does not seem to agree with that. Gabriel Agbonlahor, who played three times for England, has recently came out and said that Jordan Henderson is 'selfish' for not pulling out of the squad.
Jordan Henderson playing for England (Photo by Richard Calver / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Speaking for TalkSport, Agbonlahor said "The thing that is really winding me up is the Henderson thing."

"Even for Henderson, he should just be honest with the manager now and say 'you know what I am struggling here. I'm a leader and a captain in myself, I'll do the right thing for the squad. Bring in Ben White, Eric Dier, bring in whoever you have to bring in as another centre midfielder, because this injury is playing up now, I'm not fit and it might reoccur if I do get better for the second game.'"

Jordan Henderson was meant to take part for England in their 1-0 win over Austria, but it was confirmed after the game that the England vice-captain had picked up a knock and was rested for precaution.

Agbonlahor was then specifically asked by co-presenter Jamie O'Hara if Henderson was being 'selfish', which the former England man said this about the situation, "I think he is being selfish. If you look at it, the squad has been announced and he told Southgate this morning that he is not fit today.
Jordan Henderson being treated by the physio (Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA)

They said the scans have come back and they're fine, and he knows himself that there is a niggle he is feeling.

The tournament starts in 10 days, you are playing against Croatia, playing against a good good team. You need to be at it, you need a training session before the game, you need some games in you."

There were some notable omissions from the England squad as Henderson was kept in, including the likes of Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse."

Agbonlahor continued to say "He can't go. If I am an English midfielder that hasn't been picked in this squad, I'm fuming. I am thinking, "hang on a second, this player is an amazing player, great career so far, but he is injured. Send him home."

"It's not as if it's Lionel Messi, like send him home. We have got other midfielders that can do just as good a job as him."

Gabriel Agbonlahor is clearly not happy with Henderson being picked but if there is even a chance he can only play one game in the EUROs, then he has to go. Henderson is so important to Gareth Southgate and the players.

Even though Harry Kane is the 'official' England captain, it seems like most of the players accept that Jordan is the true captain, on and off the field. Especially with it coming out earlier this week that Henderson has been mentoring some of the youngsters in the England camp to become future captains.

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