Jordan Henderson England pick blasted by Roy Keane – ‘What’s he there for? Card tricks?’

"What's he there for, card tricks?" Keane questions Henderson involvement

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Jordan Henderson should not be in Gareth Southgate’s England Euro 2020 squad because he is clearly not fit, claims Roy Keane. Henderson has not played a competitive minute of action since February due to a groin injury. The Liverpool captain was still named in Southgate’s 26-man squad for this summer’s tournament on Tuesday.

Henderson was expected to play some part of the friendly over Austria on Wednesday.

However, the 30-year-old did not feel ready to play on the morning of the match and sat out of the 1-0 win.

Henderson was then named on the substitutes bench for the final friendly before the tournament against Romania on Sunday.

And ahead of kick off, Manchester United legend Keane revealed his opinion on Henderson’s inclusion.

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Keane questioned why the midfielder is still with the squad as he will clearly not be ready to play at his top level in the tournament.

The pundit joked Henderson is only there for the entertainment he can provide off the pitch.

“He’s not fit,” Keane said on ITV Sport.

“If he can’t start today for 45 minutes in a game that isn’t that intense physically or mentally, how is he going to start in a few weeks at a top international game? They are kidding themselves.

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“It is already a distraction for Jordan, I was convinced he was going to play the other day, I know there was talk of him coming on for the second 45 minutes but why isn’t he playing the first 45 minutes when there is more intensity.

“I don’t think Jordan should be involved, if he can’t keep fit. He hasn’t kicked a ball in three in a half months, he can’t be right.

“They want him round the place, for what? Does he do card tricks, does he have a sing song? Does he do quizzes in the evening? What is he there for?

“He doesn’t want to be some sort of cheerleader, he will want to play.

“He is clearly nowhere near it. What you need after three or four months off is four or five games maybe. He is clearly not fit enough.”

Former England left-back Ashley Cole agreed with Keane that Southgate cannot afford to have players in his squad who are not ready to play.

Cole said: “Do I think Henderson is a game winner and a match winner? Probably not, that is why it is a risk taking him.

“I think Roy is right, you don’t want players to be around just to be cheerleaders.”

However, former Three Lions striker Ian Wright believes Henderson’s experience could be valuable come the latter stages of the tournament.

Wright said: “If he can offer something to the young players, I think it is good.

“He has experience, he is surely going to bring something in terms of experience.

“He got to the semi-finals, he knows what it is like at each juncture. That helps along the line.”

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