Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has come under scrutiny after taking a penalty for England at the weekend and failing to convert.
Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin won the shot on goal but the experienced midfielder went for his chance as the Three Lions already had a 1-0 lead in the friendly against Romania.
There was a strong backlash from the English media after manager Gareth Southgate apparently criticized Henderson’s decision to take the penalty, and now Calvert-Lewin has revealed what the Liverpool captain told him before taking the shot of foot.
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Speaking after England’s 1-0 win as the Three Lions continue to prepare for Euro later this month, the Everton forward said the Liverpool captain wanted to take the penalty because he had not yet scored for his country.
“[Henderson] said he hasn’t scored for England yet so he wanted the penaltyCalvert-Lewin said, quoted by Echo.
“Maybe with hindsight I should have taken it but another day he puts it in the back of the net.
“It’s just one of those things. Maybe if I want to level up I have to be more ruthless there and take the trouble.
“I think he wanted to take the opportunity to gain confidence ahead of the tournament and for me, I want everyone to shoot full and confident.. “