Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jordan Stays Cool after Fab Reviews

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jordan Stays Cool after Fab Reviews

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AN inquiry about his form from England manager Fabio Capello will not do anything to distract Jordan Henderson as the Sunderland youngster refuses to let any success go to his head.

Henderson (pictured right) is being well groomed by Steve Bruce in his first season in the Premier League, and the 19-year-old insisted he will never change because of what he does on a football pitch.

The teenager is still trying to get his head round the fact he is playing for the club he grew up supporting and, while he was inevitably flattered by Capello's attention, he instantly tried to forget about it.

He said: "I suppose I am still coming to terms with how well the season is going for me.

"As a team we still feel we could be higher up the table and we have players coming back who can get us there. I have to keep my feet on the ground, but I have been doing OK.

"The gaffer has been brilliant with me. He has shown complete confidence in me and I am just trying to re-pay him and my teammates who have helped me.

"I just want to keep working hard for them and keep going forward."

Henderson is yet to receive a call-up into the England under-21 squad, but Capello has already decided he is one to watch for the future.

Henderson added: "A few people have told me the England coach has been asking about me, but I am not taking that on board too much.

"I just want to play for this club and give everything I have.

"Whatever comes extra is brilliant, but it gives me great confidence to know I have caught his eye.

"I don't really know what Capello has said, but people have told me that.

"Darren Bent told me he asked what my height was, but I cannot get carried away. "My friends will not let me get carried away. I have to keep doing the things I have been doing and hope to catch his eye."

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