Henderson has been solid for the Three Lions in Qatar when given the chance. He got on the scoresheet after starting in a deep-lying midfield role alongside Declan Rice.
While Henderson's inclusion might not sit well with everybody, Keane and Neville agreed with Southgate's decision.
Neville said ahead of the tie (via Liverpool Echo):
''I think it is more conservative, I don’t think England have been fluid in that area but Jordan Henderson is dependable, he’s played in big games for Liverpool and for England, Kalvin Phillips is short of football, Mason Mount’s been out of form, Gareth has told us he doesn’t see Jack Grealish or Phil Foden as central midfielders, it’s the right choice, a little bit safe. I know the fans would like creativity but I’m sure Jordan [Henderson] will do a good job for us tonight.''
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