Reds midfielder will skipper the ‘Young Lions’.
England Under-21 captain Jordan Henderson says that he and his fellow team-mates are raring to go ahead of their opening fixture in the European Championship against Italy in Israel on Wednesday night, reports the Daily Mail.
The Liverpool midfield player has just enjoyed his best season for the Merseyside giants since arriving at the Reds from Sunderland for a fee that could rise to as much as £20 million in June 2011.
In total, the 22-year-old featured in 44 matches for Liverpool in the previous campaign under new Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers, scoring six goals in the process, a run that included five strikes in 30 Premier League outings for the club.
And now the player, who has also been capped on five occasions by the senior team since making his international debut three years ago, says that he is looking forward to the start of the European Championship.
“It is a great honour to captain the country – at any level it is a real privilege,” said Henderson.
“The lads have been brilliant getting here over two years, but now it’s important we do the job right now and finish it off well.
“This is a huge tournament. You can see over the past few years some of the best players in the world have played in this tournament so it is big.
“Everybody will be excited and definitely, definitely motivated going into the games. Certainly not tired. No problem.
“We trained well in Turkey, and trained a couple of days here. We have trained really well and everybody seems to be fit.
“We are starting to adapt to the heat more now. At night time, it will be a bit cooler so the temperature shouldn’t be an issue.”