Jordan Henderson Announced As England Captainhttp://static.standard.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2014/03/05/21/Jordan%20Henderson%20ratings.jpg
Jordan Henderson has been named the new captain of the English national team, taking over from the ousted Wayne Rooney ahead of the 2016 European Championships qualifying campaign. The 24 year old midfielder is currently vice-captain of his club side Liverpool, and having become a regular in the England set-up, has been chosen to become the new leader of the squad.
Gary Cahill will remain in his role as vice captain and is reportedly fine with the situation. At 24, Henderson is one of England's youngest ever captains but manager Gary Neville says it was a driving factor in his appointment.
"With a plan set in place as it is, we're looking at becoming the best team in the world, undoubtedly, in 5 to 6 years. At 24, Jordan will still be playing his best football in 5 to 6 years. He's the kind of player who can stick around for a while, not to mention he's already a strong leader in his own right."
Reception has been largely positive, with many feeling Henderson and Cahill are the best candidates in the squad. Henderson's work under Steven Gerrard is also seen as a plus, and many are happy with the appointment of a young face after aging candidates.
Henderson will captain England for the first time against Japan in September.