Sunderland's Jordan Henderson is refusing to get carried away by his status as one of the country's best young players.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed a stellar last 18 months which have seen him catapulted from the Black Cats reserve side to winning his first England cap.
Henderson has benefited from the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager at the club, who has expertly nurtured his development.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with a £20million bid in the summer for the midfielder, but the eye-catching headlines have not diminished his focus.
"The time has gone by pretty quickly, but I tend not to look at what's happened in the past," he told the club's official website.
"I only want to look to the future and get better as a player. I'm feeling as though I'm doing that and I've got the right people around me.
"It's not too difficult to keep my feet on the ground. I'm from Sunderland and I've always been down to earth.
"We've got a great group of players here and excellent staff, so it's hard for anyone to get ahead of themselves.
"I'm enjoying my football at the moment and I want to keep on improving."
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