By G9ija

Declan Rice has admitted that he’s keeping his fingers crossed for Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson regarding his Euro 2020 participation.

Henderson has been instrumental for the Reds in recent years, captaining them to a Premier League and Champions League title since 2019.

He is somebody who England will badly need in the Euros but Gareth Southgate revealed last week that the 30-year-old might not kick a ball for Liverpool again this season due to a groin injury.

And if that turns out to be the case, it’s very much a race against time for the former Sunderland prospect to be fit enough to make Southgate’s final squad in the summer

Given his experience on the biggest stages for Liverpool, West Ham United’s Rice believes that the ‘world-class’ Henderson would be a massive asset for the Three Lions, admitting that he’s ‘praying’ for him fitness wise.

He told talkSPORT: “I’m praying that he’s fit for the Euros and comes through this groin injury because if he wasn’t there, we’d miss him massively. He’s a top player, world class player. He’s won the top trophies. He’s been at the big tournaments. He knows what to do. On the pitch you feel his experience, his leadership.”

Henderson joined Liverpool a decade ago from the Black Cats for a reported £20 million fee.

Despite a few rocky years at Anfield, his ability and influence has been plain to see since Jurgen Klopp took the reins on Merseyside and it would have to go down as a big blow if he’s unavailable for international duty during the summer months.