Steven Gerrard and Jude Bellingham have sent messages of support to Jordan Henderson.
The England midfielder faced a hostile reception at Wembley on Friday night as the Three Lions took on Australia.
The former Liverpool captain was making his return to England following his controversial transfer to Al Ettifaq this summer.
He was loudly booed by home fans both before the game and when he was substituted off in the second half.
Later, Henderson himself admitted it was ‘not nice’ to hear the reception he got, but stated he wouldn’t walk away from international football.
Now, the ex-Reds skipper has received support from two of England’s big names.
First, his former Liverpool and Three Lions captain and current Al Etiffaq manager Gerrard and second, England midfielder and Real Madrid star Bellingham.
Gerrard re-posted a graphic of Henderson’s response to the boos on Instagram, simply writing ‘legend’ with a red love heart underneath it.
Meanwhile, Bellingham, who built a strong relationship on and off the pitch with Henderson during the 2022 World Cup, also posted the same graphic along with a white heart emoji.
After the game, England manager Gareth Southgate – who opted to give Henderson the armband on the night – fiercely defended his midfielder, stating he ‘didn’t understand’ the boos.
Bellingham and Henderson are among those still away on international duty with England, with the Three Lions facing Italy in their next Euro 2024 qualifier on Tuesday, live on talkSPORT.
It remains to be seen if Henderson will start in midfield but Southgate is likely to field a strong XI in his side’s bid for qualification for next summer’s tournament.
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