Jordan Henderson was highlighted for snatching a penalty and instead missed. According to his teammates, Henderson has ambitions to make his first goal for the England national team.
Henderson marks his comeback after three months out with a groin injury when England face Romania in the friendly ahead of Euro 2020 on Sunday (6/6/2021). In the match which was held at Riverside Stadium, Henderson entered in the 46th minute replacing Kalvin Phillips.
The Liverpool captain was able to help England win 1-0 in this match with Marcus Rashford’s goal from the penalty spot in the 68th minute. England actually could have won 2-0 had Henderson’s penalty not missed.
Yes, Henderson took the penalty in the 78th minute but his shot was easily read by the Romanian goalkeeper. As a result, Henderson was criticized by many parties for taking Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s penalty.
Not only that, Henderson has also annoyed The Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate. He considered Henderson had violated the agreement that had been made before the match regarding the penalty taker.
According to Calvert-Lewin, Jordan Henderson forced to take a penalty because he wanted to score his first goal for England. While this is a test match, Henderson doesn’t have the burden of failing.
Even though Henderson has a bad record in terms of taking penalty kicks. According to Whoscored, Henderson last scored from a penalty in 2015 when Liverpool faced Arsenal.
The last two penalties he took have always missed, including against Romania. Previously, Jordan Henderson also failed when England beat Colombia on penalties in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.
“He said he had never scored for England, so he wanted to take a penalty,” Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports.
“Maybe as a striker, I should have taken the penalty. But another day, he will definitely score from the penalty,” he continued.
“Yes, sometimes there are things like this. If I wanted to level up then I should have been more selfish at that time and took penalties.”