Jordan Henderson hopeful over fitness ahead of Croatia clash

England fans celebrate England's second goal as they watch the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final match between Sweden and England on a big screen in Millennium Sqaure in Leeds northern England

England midfielder Jordan Henderson is hopeful over his fitness ahead of his team's World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

In feet, Jordan is just over 6 ft.

Short for a goalkeeper, but as we've seen, he makes up for it in skill. "Jordan's a player who has been underestimated for a long time".

The boys, who are students at Broadway Junior School, were at the Tall Ships event in Sunderland earlier this week, along with children from lots of Sunderland schools.

A nagging worry about England involved whether there is a structural weakness in Gareth Southgate's version of 3-5-2.

Southgate, a regular visitor to Everton games last season, gave him his debut in the friendly against Germany at Wembley in November 2017.


Everton's end-of-season awards were Pickford-heavy as he picked up Player Of The Season, Young Player Of The Season and Players' Player Of The Season.

A moment of uncertainty in an otherwise stellar performance against Sweden led to Pickford inadvertently punching his knee rather than the floor.

Interestingly before the tournament, Henderson was one of a number of players being bashed for his inclusion, but now people are wising up to his game and the characteristics he brings.

In a Jumpers for Goalposts-esque set up, England's cricket side split up into two teams - bibs vs non bibs - to see what this nerve-racking penalty business was all about before their net session.

Kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium is at 7pm.

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