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Selfish Jordan Henderson set to face Gareth Southgate’s wrath after taking a penalty off Dominic Calvert-Lewin and fumbling it in Romania win.

Selfish Jordan Henderson set to face Gareth Southgate’s wrath after taking a penalty off Dominic Calvert-Lewin and fumbling it in Romania win.

Gareth Southgate has warned vice-captain Jordan Henderson he will not allow a repeat of Sunday’s penalty parody after captain Marcus Rashford ensured victory over Romania in England’s final Euros warm-up friendly.

Rashford, leading his country for the first time, scored from the spot but later Henderson fumbled a second penalty.

And Southgate has admitted Henderson wasn’t deemed to take the penalty.

With Rashford both and James Ward-Prowse substituted, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was next in line but Henderson, who hasn’t scored for England, pulled rank.

Southgate said:
“I would not be able to explain the situation about the penalty, Marcus and James were the two nominated at the start and they both came off.

“I was expecting Dominic to take it at that point. But Hendo was the captain on the field by then and was the one to make the decision.

“If I was Dom, as the centre forward, I might not have gone along with that so easily. We are very diligent in how we practise penalties. I didn’t expect what happened to happen — I wouldn’t expect that to happen again. We will pull rank next time.”

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Henderson came on at half-time for his first appearance since playing for Liverpool against Everton on February 20 following a groin operation.

ITV pundit Roy Keane slammed his addition in the squad on Sunday, but Southgate — despite betokening Henderson is unlikely to play in Sunday’s Euros opener versus Croatia — supported the Liverpool captain’s selection.

“We are not distracted by anything, we know the situation Hendo is in. He has been a very positive influence around the camp, this is a step forward physically for him in order for him to play some sort of role in the tournament.

“We are realistic about what that could be. It’s not a situation where it’s dividing the group, we aren’t hanging our hat on him being fit, if we can get him to a level that will be a bonus.”

The start of the game was once again dominated by boos from fans as they took the knee in support of racial equality.

Southgate affirmed on Saturday that the players will continue the gesture in face of the protesters.

He added:

“I think I sadly expected what happened to happen, we have accepted that. As a group we won’t stop what we are doing and what we believe in. I won’t stop my support for my players and staff.

“We have to live with that. We’ve said what we are going to say. Moving forward it’s pointless me going into any more.”

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Selfish Jordan Henderson set to face Gareth Southgate’s wrath after taking a penalty off Dominic Calvert-Lewin and fumbling it in Romania’s win.

Selfish Jordan Henderson set to face Gareth Southgate’s wrath after taking a penalty off Dominic Calvert-Lewin and fumbling it in Romania win.

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