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Jordan Henderson counters Roy Keane Euro 2020 jibe.

Jordan Henderson has replied to Roy Keane’s ridicule over his place in the England team and maintained he is fit for Sunday’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia.

Before his 45-minute run-out for the Three Lions in the second half of their friendly against Romania last weekend, the Liverpool captain hadn’t starred for club or country since suffering a groin injury in February.

Henderson’s fitness was distrusted by Manchester United legend and former Republic of Ireland international Keane, who advised the midfielder shouldn’t have been added in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad.

“Clearly Jordan is not fit, I don’t think he should be involved,”
Keane told ITV.

“He can’t be fit if he can’t start a game against Romania.

“Now I’ve heard people saying they want him around the place. For what? Does he do card tricks? Does he have a sing song, does he have quizzes in the evenings, what does he do?”

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But Henderson revealed that he found his former Sunderland manager’s comments interesting as he emphasized that he is in the team to offer on the pitch.

“Yeah, and the card tricks he [Keane] was on about – I’ve got a few of them up my sleeve,” Henderson said.

“Listen, as a player you want to play and I’m not coming here just to be around the camp, like Roy was saying.

“I want to come here and I want to contribute in the games. How much of that is not really down to me, it’s up to the manager to make a decision.

“But whenever I’m called upon, I’ll be ready and hopefully I can be a big contribution to this tournament and our success going forward.

“To be fair to Roy, he can say what he wants about me. He gave me my debut [at Sunderland] and I wouldn’t be here without him giving us that. He can say whatever he wants about me. I found it quite funny, actually.

“So, yeah, listen, we know a little bit more detail, I know more detail and so does the manager, which Roy may not.

“But in terms of stuff like that, everyone’s going to have an opinion, everybody’s going to think they know better than everybody else.”

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