Paul Person has slammed Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, labelling him as “selfish” for his actions with England.
The Reds skipper, who has just passed the 10-year mark as a player at Anfield, is pushing to feature for the Three Lions at this summer’s European Championships.
Henderson missed the final three months of Liverpool’s season with a groin injury, but returned as an unused substitute for the final premier League fixture against Crystal Palace.
The 30-year-old played just 45 minutes across England’s two warm-up friendlies, wearing the armband for the second half against Romania last week.
During that time Henderson missed a penalty and was criticised for not letting Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin miss the spot-kick.
Former Arsenal forward and current Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has labelled Henderson as “selfish” and believes he’s fallen down the midfield pecking order with England.
“Jordan Henderson was selfish leading up to the Euros and has slipped behind Jude Bellingham in the England pecking order,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
He added: “Henderson was wrong to nick a penalty off Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the Romania game and made it worse with his interview afterwards.
“He said he wasn’t bothered it was saved. Well if you’re not bothered when you miss, don’t take it!
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“It was like he wanted to send a message out saying: ‘I’m the senior player here!’
“But when you’ve played that many games for England you should be thinking of others and putting the team first .
“We might need Calvert-Lewin at the Euros. God forbid but if Harry Kane gets injured he might be starting.
“So we’re better off with Calvert-Lewin taking that penalty, scoring, and building up his confidence going into the tournament.
“Henderson should be thinking of the team, not putting himself first. That was selfish. One hundred per cent.
“I understand why Gareth Southgate has picked Henderson. His fitness is in doubt but he’s an experienced player who has won big trophies.
“He’s a talker and we don’t have many of those. You need those types when you’re on the ropes in a game, to calm you down.
“I can see this team conceding and then trying too hard to chase a game and letting in another one very quickly.
“So his leadership could be important. But he wasn’t showing good leadership with that penalty.
“I think he’s behind Bellingham now. I think sooner or later this kid will play in the tournament - and he will be a star.”