Henderson remains grounded

Sunderland youngster keeping a low profile off the pitch

Henderson: Not getting carried away

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Jordan Henderson is determined not to do anything which could put his promising career at risk following his first call-up by England.

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The Sunderland youngster is hoping to make his debut for Fabio Capello's side on Wednesday against France after an impressive start to the season.

The midfielder is one of the most highly-rated players in the Premier League and has already been linked with some of the division's biggest clubs.

He is anxious to avoid getting carried away by his rise to prominence and the 20-year-old outlined the steps he takes to ensure he can enjoy a successful career.

Good influence

"The main thing is I am just loving my football at the minute and just want to continue doing that," said Henderson.

"My mum and dad have been a good influence on me.

"They have brought me up really well, have always kept my feet on the ground and not let me get carried away.

"I just love playing football and I don't want anything to jeopardise that.

"I like to go in every day training and working hard. I don't drink or smoke.

"A good night for me is watching the highlights of the Chelsea game. That's me. I never go out.

"The only time I go out is Christmas night when the whole team goes out for team bonding and stuff like that. But I still won't drink or anything.

"I like music and a few of the Sunderland lads play table tennis at the academy, but that's about it. I go training and go home."