Jordan Henderson

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Jordan Henderson
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Henderson playing for Liverpool in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jordan Brian Henderson[1]
Date of birth (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[2][3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 14
Youth career
000?–2008 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Sunderland 71 (4)
2009 Coventry City (loan) 10 (1)
2011– Liverpool 117 (13)
National team
2009 England U19 1 (0)
2009 England U20 1 (0)
2010–2013 England U21 27 (4)
2010– England 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:22, 14 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:25, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Jordan Brian Henderson (born 17 June 1990) is an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool and the England national team as a central midfielder. He also recently became the Liverpool vice-captain. He began his career at Sunderland in 2008, with a loan spell at Coventry City in 2009, before moving to Liverpool in 2011. In 2010, he won his first cap for England, having previously played for and captained the under-21 team. He has represented the country at UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Sunderland[edit]

Born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, Henderson signed a professional contract with hometown club Sunderland on 1 July 2008.[1] He played his first league game for Sunderland as a half-time substitute on 1 November 2008, in a 5–0 away defeat to Chelsea.[4] He then made his first Sunderland start and home debut against Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup.[5]

Coventry City loan[edit]

In January 2009, Jordan Henderson joined Championship club Coventry City on a month-long loan deal.[6] He made his Coventry debut in a 2–1 defeat to Derby County.[7] On 23 February 2009, it was announced that Henderson's loan to Coventry would be extended until the end of the season.[8]

"I'm extending my contract here until the end of the season so hopefully we can get that sorted soon", Henderson told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. "I'm over the moon playing first-team football for Coventry City who are flying at the minute" he added. Henderson scored the first senior goal of his career on 28 February 2009, against Norwich City.[9]

While on loan at Coventry, Henderson fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot and returned to Sunderland on 8 April 2009.[10]

Return to Sunderland[edit]

Henderson playing for Sunderland in 2011

In the 2009–10 season, Henderson broke into the Sunderland first team and made several Premier League appearances. He scored his first senior goal for the club against Birmingham City in the League Cup third round.[11] He then went on to score his first Premier League goal against Manchester City on 19 December 2009.[12]

Henderson spent the majority of the season on the right side of midfield but played centrally in the absence of Lee Cattermole; his versatility and consistency earning him a new five year contract on 23 April 2010, keeping him with the club till 2015.[13] He also went on to win the Sunderland Young Player of the Year award for the 2009–10 season.[14]

Henderson's first full season with Sunderland was a major success. He won one personal accolade, scored two goals in all competitions and managed six assists.[15]

Henderson made a solid start in 2010–11, scoring two goals against Leicester City and Hoffenheim in pre-season friendlies.[16][17] On 13 August, his squad number was changed from 16 to 10.

Henderson's early season form caught the eye of many observers, most notably England manager Fabio Capello who made Henderson a part of his senior squad to face France on 17 November 2010.[18] Henderson helped Sunderland to an unbeaten run of games against big clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all of reportedly went on to register an interest in the player.[19] On 5 December, Henderson scored his first goal of the season in the 1–0 win over West Ham United.

On 13 January 2011, Henderson was listed on the official FIFA website as one of thirteen young players to watch in 2011.[20] FIFA also added Henderson is "Composed, athletic and powerful". Henderson has also been hailed as "the best young British footballer there is" by his then Sunderland manager, Steve Bruce.

Henderson scored twice against Wigan Athletic on 23 April 2011, as Sunderland ended a run of eight matches without a win.[21] Henderson was again named Sunderland's Young Player of the Year for the second season running.[22]

Liverpool[edit]

Henderson playing for Liverpool in 2011

On 9 June 2011, Sunderland confirmed they had agreed an undisclosed fee thought to be worth between £16 and £20 million with Liverpool[23][24][25][26] for Henderson, who would travel to Liverpool's training facility Melwood to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms regarding a move to Liverpool. Sunderland's chairman Niall Quinn commented on the deal, stating on the official Sunderland website that "Jordan is a credit to himself, his family and Sunderland's Academy and everyone here wishes him the very best for the future".[27] Later that day, Liverpool released video footage of Henderson in club gear at Melwood.[28] He completed the move a day later on 9 June 2011, signing "a long-term deal" with the club.[29][30]

2011–12[edit]

On 13 August 2011, Henderson made his debut in Liverpool's first game of the 2011–12 Premier League, a 1–1 draw against his former club Sunderland where he was given a mixed reception by Sunderland fans.[31] Henderson's second game was a 2–0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.[32] On 27 August 2011, Henderson scored his first goal for Liverpool in a Premier League fixture at Anfield against Bolton Wanderers.[33]

On 26 February 2012, Henderson started on the right of midfield in Liverpool's 2012 Football League Cup Final victory over Cardiff City, before being substituted in the 58th minute.[34] On 5 May, he played the full 90 minutes as Liverpool were beaten 2–1 by Chelsea in the 2012 FA Cup Final.[35]

On 8 May 2012, he scored his second league goal for Liverpool in a 4–1 win against Chelsea at Anfield.[36] Henderson ended the 2011–12 season with two goals from 44 appearances.[37]

2012–13[edit]

In August 2012, Henderson was told he would be allowed to join Fulham by new manager Brendan Rodgers. However, the player stated he had no intention of leaving Liverpool.[38]

He made his first Premier League start of the season in a 0–0 draw away at Swansea City on 25 November.[39] He then went on to score his first European goal for Liverpool on 6 December 2012, with the winner against Udinese in the UEFA Europa League as the Reds qualified for the last 32.[40]

On 19 January 2013, Henderson netted his first league goal of the season against Norwich City at Anfield in a 5–0 win. In the club's next league fixture, he assisted Liverpool's first goal and scored their second against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, in a 2–2 draw.[41] On 31 March, Henderson scored in a 2–1 win against Aston Villa at Villa Park.[42] On 27 April, he scored twice in a 6–0 defeat of Newcastle United at St James' Park to end the season with 5 Premier League goals.[43]

2013–14[edit]

Henderson established himself as a regular member of the Liverpool team in the 2013–14 season, playing in 35 Premier League matches before he received his first career red card in a 3–2 win over Manchester City on 13 April 2014, resulting in an automatic three match ban which meant he'd miss three of Liverpool's last four matches.[44] He was described as "the most improved player in the Premier League" by his manager Brendan Rodgers.[45]

On 27 August 2013, Henderson scored his first goal of the season in a 4–2 League Cup win over Notts County.[46] On 29 September, he made his 100th appearance for the club as Liverpool won 3–1 at Sunderland.[47] His first Premier League goal of the season came in a 5–0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on 15 December.[48] On 23 February 2014, he scored two goals as Liverpool beat Swansea City 4–3 at Anfield.[49] On 30 March, he scored in a 4–0 home win over Tottenham to put Liverpool top of the Premier League.[50]

2014–15[edit]

Henderson started the season in good form providing 2 assists in Liverpool's first three league games.[51] On 15 September 2014, Liverpool announced Jordan Henderson would become the vice-captain following the departure of Daniel Agger. [52] On 4 October 2014, Henderson scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield with a side-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area.[53] On 29 November Henderson started as the captain for the first time for Liverpool in the premier league against Stoke City as Steven Gerrard was on the bench during the game.[54] On 2 December, Jordan Henderson marked his 150th appearance for the club by scoring the third goal in a 3-1 win to Leicester City to confirm the win.[55]

International career[edit]

Henderson captaining England U-21 team

England youth[edit]

Henderson has represented England at four different levels. He made his debut for the under-19s against the Czech Republic in 2009, before breaking into Stuart Pearce's under-21 squad. He scored his first goal in an England shirt in the European U21 Championship play-offs against Romania, hitting a volley from outside the box to give England the lead.[56]

Henderson was selected in the England U21 squad for the 2011 European Championships. However, England were knocked out in the group stage.[57] He captained the England U21 team in a 6–0 win over Azerbaijan U21 on 1 September 2011, scoring one goal in the Euro 2013 qualifier.[58] He then scored his fourth under-21 goal in a 2–1 win away at Norway, maintaining England's 100% record in Euro 2013 qualification.[59] On 3 February 2013, Henderson was named the England U21 Player of the Year in the inaugural year of the award.[60] He captained the under-21 side at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[61]

Senior team[edit]

On 11 November 2010, Henderson was omitted from England's U21 squad for their friendly with Germany,[62] instead receiving his first call up to the senior England squad on 17 November 2010, for their friendly against France. He made his debut in the match, playing from the start in central midfield alongside Steven Gerrard.[63]

On 16 May 2012, he was named as a standby player in new England manager Roy Hodgson's UEFA Euro 2012 squad.[64] He was called up to the England Euro 2012 squad to replace the injured Frank Lampard on 31 May 2012.[65] He featured in England's first game of the tournament against France, coming on as a late substitute for Scott Parker.[66] His second and final appearance in the tournament came during extra-time in England's quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy, again as a substitute replacing Parker.[67]

In November 2013, he played for England for the first time since Euro 2012 with substitute appearances in friendly matches against Chile and Germany.[68] He made his second start for the national team in a 1–0 defeat of Denmark on 5 March 2014.[68] He was selected in Roy Hodgson's 23 man squad to travel to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[69]

On 14 June 2014, Henderson started in England's opening World Cup group match, a 2–1 loss to Italy in Manaus, partnering club team mate Steven Gerrard in the centre of midfield.[70]

Henderson has described Steven Gerrard as "probably the best player this country has ever seen – not only as a player, but also as a leader and a captain."[71]

On 3 September 2014, Henderson wore the no 4 shirt previously worn by Gerrard against Norway in a friendly match.[72]

Personal life[edit]

Henderson was schooled at Farringdon Community Sports College before joining Sunderland as a youngster.[73]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Liverpool

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 18 December 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2008–09[74] Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2009–10[75] Premier League 33 1 2 0 3 1 38 2
2010–11[76] Premier League 37 3 1 0 1 0 39 3
Total 71 4 3 0 5 1 79 5
Coventry City (loan) 2008–09[74] Championship 10 1 3 0 0 0 13 1
Liverpool 2011–12[77] Premier League 37 2 5 0 6 0 48 2
2012–13[78] Premier League 30 5 2 0 2 0 10[a] 1 44 6
2013–14[79] Premier League 35 4 3 0 2 1 40 5
2014–15[80] Premier League 15 2 0 0 2 0 5[b] 1 22 3
Total 117 13 10 0 12 1 15 2 154 16
Career total 197 18 15 0 17 2 15 2 243 22
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of match played 15 November 2014.[81]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2010 1 0
2012 4 0
2013 2 0
2014 11 0
Total 18 0

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