World Cup still hurts Henderson

  • Last Updated: September 2 2014, 12:45 BST

Jordan Henderson will forever be scarred by England's World Cup failure.

Jordan Henderson: Hurt by England's World Cup exit
Jordan Henderson: Hurt by England's World Cup exit

But the Liverpool midfielder thinks the Three Lions should use the memory of their painful experience in Brazil to motivate themselves to do much better at Euro 2016.

Seventy-three days have passed since England were knocked out of the World Cup, but for the nation's football fans the hangover remains.

Only around 35,000 are expected to turn up to Wembley on Wednesday to watch the national team take on Norway in their first match since the group-stage exit in South America.

England's supporters are not the only ones who are struggling to forget what happened in Brazil. The players who were there still feel the pain too, but Henderson does not see that as such a bad thing.

"I don't think you will ever forget that feeling after the Uruguay game of sheer disappointment," he said.

"You have given everything in the game and you have come away from the competition far too early and it is hard to take.

"You go away with your family and you can't really seem to forget about it because it does really hurt.

"Everywhere, the World Cup was on the telly and it reminds you again and again how disappointing it was for us.

"That disappointment will always stay with you.

"You will keep that pain through your career, but stuff like that drives you on to do better."

With Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard now retired, Henderson is regarded as one of the senior internationals within the England set-up even though he only started three games under Roy Hodgson prior to the World Cup.

It was Henderson's form with Liverpool that caused Hodgson to hand the midfielder his first England start in four seasons in March.

Henderson has defied his critics - chief among them Sir Alex Ferguson - to develop into one of the most reliable and effective central midfielders in the Barclays Premier League.

His composure and skill helped Liverpool come within a whisker of lifting the title last season.

Henderson wants to see England strike fear into the hearts of the opposition just as the Reds did last term, and again at the weekend when they beat Tottenham 3-0 at White Hart Lane.

"Teams feared us (Liverpool) because of how well we did last season, playing with a high tempo and aggression and just improving every single week," the 24-year-old said.

"We continue to do this as a team and it has to be like that here (with England).

"People have to fear England and not want to play us. Only way of doing that is playing at a high tempo and winning games."

Henderson thinks Wayne Rooney is the perfect man to lead England on the long road to recovery.

"I think Wayne was the ideal choice, really," Henderson said of the new England captain.

"He is a natural leader in the dressing room and also on the field as well. I think it was a really good appointment and I don't think it'll change the way he is."

Rooney will lead England out for the first time as full-time skipper next Wednesday before the Three Lions travel to Basle to face Switzerland five days later in their first European Championship qualifier.

Henderson was caught a little off guard by a Norwegian reporter on Monday when he was asked at a press conference to name some of the opposition players he will be coming up against this week.

Henderson blushed, admitting he did not know any of their names, but said he would do following a team meeting on the opposition on Monday evening.

"We'll be looking into them (on Monday night) and trying to identify their weaknesses and their strengths," he said.