Jordan Henderson added to England squad for Italy and Germany clashes after Liverpool star’s recovery from injury

    LIVERPOOL star Jordan Henderson has been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad after returning from injury quicker than expected.

    The 32-year-old has missed the last three games in all competitions for the Reds after struggling with a hamstring problem.

    England have called up Jordan Henderson to their latest squad for their upcoming Nations League matches

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    England have called up Jordan Henderson to their latest squad for their upcoming Nations League matchesCredit: AFP

    His setback saw him fail to be named in the latest 28-man squad for the upcoming Nations League matches against Italy and Germany.

    But with Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips forced to pull out due to a shoulder injury, Southgate has turned to ex-Sunderland ace Henderson.

    England have confirmed the announcement in a statement, with Henderson now in contention to feature in Milan on Friday.

    Henderson linked up with his Three Lions team-mates at St George’s Park on Monday night.

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    The decision was made to call-up Henderson after he came through a number of workout sessions over the weekend.

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is believed to be happy for his skipper to go away with England in the hope he steps up his match fitness by getting some game time.

    Henderson hasn’t featured since the Merseyside outfit’s 2-1 win against Newcastle at Anfield on August 31.

    He subsequently missed the 0-0 draw with Everton, before being absent in the 4-1 Champions League defeat against Napoli and 2-1 victory over Ajax.

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    Henderson was aware this England squad was his last chance to make an impression on Southgate in person before the World Cup in Qatar in November.

    The 62-cap international has played just once for England in 2022 – a 2-1 friendly victory against Switzerland.

    He was left out of England’s squad for their four Nations League fixtures in June, where they failed to win any of their games against Hungary, Italy and Germany.

    Southgate thought it was best for Henderson to be given a break from football after he made 57 appearances for Liverpool in the 2021-22 season – the most matches in a single campaign in his career so far.

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