Henderson expects second shot

Black Cats midfielder confident England will come coming again

Henderson: Eager to prove his worth

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Sunderland starlet Jordan Henderson is confident he can force his way back into the senior England set-up.

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Following a bright start to the season, the 20-year-old was drafted into Fabio Capello's plans for a friendly date with France.

He made his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Wembley, but struggled to impose himself in a game which saw the Three Lions fall well short of their best.

Since then he has been overlooked for a fixture with Denmark and has been dropped back into the U21 pack.

He will get another opportunity to impress for Stuart Pearce's Young Lions on Thursday and insists he intends to make the most of that chance.

With time still very much on his side, Henderson is in no rush to further his international career and believes a second cap will arrive if he continues to do the business at domestic level.

Experience

"I don't really know what their thoughts were in selecting me for one game, but it doesn't really bother me," he said in the Sunderland Echo.

"If I'm playing for the U21s, I'll try just as hard as I would for the full England squad.

"There's a great bunch of lads in the U21s and I loved playing there when we went to Portugal for the European Championship qualifiers.

"When I moved up to the first-team squad that was a brilliant experience as well, I'd love to do that again.

"But I think I've just got to keep my feet on the ground, keep working hard and I'll get my chance again."

Opinion

Capello was very complimentary about Henderson prior to the France game in November and the youngster believes it is now up to him to prove that the Italian's judgement was correct.

He added: "It's really nice to hear such a big figure in football saying such good things about you. You've just got to take the good with the bad.

"I reckon there's a lot of people in football who will have a different opinion on that, but it's nice to hear.

"I've just got to concentrate on what we're doing here (at Sunderland) and what we're trying to achieve. I just want to keep improving and I think I can do that."

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