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Henderson Likely to Start for England

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Jordan Henderson limped away from training last night with an ankle injury but is likely fit enough to start tonight against the Swiss.

Jamie McDonald

Despite injuring his ankle in training on Sunday, reports suggest Jordan Henderson is almost certain to start for Roy Hodgson's England tonight when they take on Switzerland in their first qualifying match for Euro 2016. While certainly good news for England, having a Liverpool player involved who is likely less than fully fit will worry many of the club's fans.

Given Daniel Sturridge faced a similar dilemma last year and ended up with a long layoff as a result, there is certainly precedent for concern. Henderson's calm energy and increasingly veteran presence, though, is nearly as important to Hodgson's England as it is at the club level, and if as appears likely he's cleared by the medical staff, he will start tonight.

Daniel Sturridge remains out of the question with a thigh injury expected to sideline him for three weeks—meaning he should be fit just in time for the October international break—but with Henderson and Raheem Sterling likely to start, Liverpool will still be providing England's most important players in midfield and the attack this evening against the Swiss.

Early reports suggest that Danny Welbeck will start in Sturridge's place, perhaps freeing up Hodgson to shift to a 4-3-3 with Welbeck and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the wings and Sterling moved central, where he has looked most dangerous for England.