Henderson not fearing burn-out
Jordan Henderson insists he will not suffer burn-out heading into the European Under-21 Championships.
Last Updated: 22/05/11 12:56pm
Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson insists that he will not suffer from burn-out heading into England's European Under-21 Championships in June.
The 20-year-old has become one of the Black Cats' most important players this season, topping the appearance charts with 36 starts from a possible 37 games for the club.
Henderson could partner Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in midfield for the Young Lions in Denmark, with the pair having played a combined total of over 90 games in all competitions this season.
Manager Steve Bruce conceded that he felt Henderson's form dropped following winning his first full England cap in November, with rumours of a £20million bid from Manchester United also circling.
However, Henderson insists he remains raring to go and was not feeling jaded by his exertions over the season.
"I didn't feel as though I needed a rest - I felt fine in myself. A lot of people would use feeling tired as an excuse, but I won't," he told the Sunday Mirror.
"I know some people felt I had a dip in form but that's their opinion. Even if I was a little tired in games, I would always give 100 per cent.
"I've worked on a lot of things in my game and hopefully next season can be even better for me.
"I'll be over the moon if I get to go. It'll be more experience in a massive tournament and that can only help me to progress."