To some sad, misguided fools, Jordan Henderson will never be good enough to wear the armband for Liverpool. Leading the Reds to a Champions League final, and even possibly lifting the trophy, would not be enough proof for many of the anti-Hendo brigade. As such, today’s news that Henderson will not be England’s captain in the 2018 World Cup will be joyous news for those Hendo skeptics.
Instead, England boss Gareth Southgate handed the armband to Tottenham’s Harry Kane, fresh off his treble-winning season (trophies for finishes above Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool, of course).
“Harry has some outstanding personal qualities,” Southgate said.
“He is a meticulous professional & one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day.
”I think he is the one who is ready to take that challenge on.”
Of course, by simply handing the armband to Kane, it saves Southgate the headache of having the Spurs striker claiming it later, despite all evidence to the contrary.
The news will no doubt come as a blow for Henderson, who has been an exemplary captain of Liverpool Football Club this season, leading the Reds to their eighth European Cup final. Regardless, few in Liverpool Country will be bothered about England (and their inevitable exit in the Round of 16 on pens) if Hendo can bring home the goods, not from Russia, but from Ukraine.