Henderson wants to push on

Black Cats starlet keen to eradicate below-par debut

Henderson: Staying positive

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Sunderland's Jordan Henderson is not dwelling on a disappointing England debut in their 2-1 defeat to France last week.

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The Black Cats youngster was one of a number of fresh faces in Fabio Capello's squad, but the approach failed to yield immediate dividends.

The Three Lions were outplayed by Les Bleus and Henderson failed to shine after being handed more of a defensive midfield role.

However, Henderson is refusing to blame his position for his below-par showing, stating he must shine wherever he is asked the play.

The 20-year-old does not want to remain in the one-cap for England club as he is taking the positives from the match and looking to keep improving.

Pushing on

"I don't want to be somebody who has played for England once," he told The Times. "I'm not settling for it. I want to push on.

"It was a tough game, another step up. France were very good. I think I could have done a little bit more. I need to get better.

"I'll take the positives from it - the experience, what I'll learn from it - but I think I could have taken a few more risks.

"It doesn't matter where you play - you have to do your best. I don't think the position comes into it.

"If I played well or badly it's down to me. If I started at right-back or centre-back I've got to do the job to the best of my ability."