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PLAY WITHOUT FEAR: Jordan Henderson looks ahead to Germany

PLAY WITHOUT FEAR: Jordan Henderson looks ahead to Germany

PA - Carl Recine

Jordan Henderson looks ahead to Germany and says that England's young players should 'play with no fear' in the last 16.

Henderson is one of the most experienced players in Gareth Southgate's squad and got his first competitive outing since February in the 1-0 win over the Czech Republic after he came on at half-time.

Henderson, one of only two players over the age of 30 in the 26-man squad, believes the exuberance of a young team can work in England’s favour.

“We’ve got quite a young squad but I think that can be a positive thing,” he said.

“A lot of these lads just go out and play, enjoy the game, play with no fear. And that’s what they need to do again on Tuesday.

“Go and enjoy it, go and show everybody how good they are. Use the emotion and passion in the right way to give you energy for the game, because that can be the difference really.

“As an experienced player I can help with that and make sure we’re in the right frame of mind going into the game and make sure training’s at the level it needs to be over the next few days to prepare for that one.

“Everybody’s confident, everybody’s feeling good and we’ve got a good few days to prepare for a huge game.

“But a lot of the lads have played in huge games already: Champions League finals, Champions League games, cup finals, big games for England. They’re used to big games even though they’re young and I’m sure they’re looking forward to this one.”

Henderson played the second half of England’s Group D win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday night.

The Liverpool skipper had been on the sidelines as he recovered from groin surgery but is now keen to see off Germany and reach the quarter-finals.

“It would mean everything to us to get into the next round of the tournament,” he said.

“To beat Germany as well is special because it’s always a big game. It would mean everything as a squad to be able to progress.

“We’ll look forward to the game and all we can do is give absolutely everything we’ve got on Tuesday and hopefully that’s enough to win.

“It’s exciting. It’s a huge game and one we’ll be looking forward to. We knew whatever team we faced would be a big challenge and Germany will certainly be that. We need to prepare well and give everything against them.”

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