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Henderson eyeing Gerrard partnership

Jordan Henderson has told Sky Sports News that he hopes his understanding with Steven Gerrard in central midfield for Liverpool can boost his England chances at the World Cup.

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The 23-year-old formed an impressive partnership with the Three Lions captain at Anfield this season as the Reds narrowly missed out on the Premier League title.

Gerrard is certain to start in Brazil despite suggesting he could retire from the national side after the tournament, but there is fierce competition for the other midfield berths -- and Henderson believes the duo can provide a formidable combination for Roy Hodgson this summer.

"Since I've been at Liverpool Stevie helped me a lot personally -- on the field you pick up little things, training with him every week has really been a help to me," Henderson said.

"We've got to keep that relationship going as long as possible and hopefully bring it to England.

"Me and Stevie have played through the season together and it's worked really well at times. But when we come with England its different, I think it's up to the manager to decide whatever team he wants to put out.''

Henderson is one of a handful of young Liverpool players in Hodgson's squad, alongside Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, who are pushing for starting XI roles in Brazil after impressive domestic campaigns.

And despite the disappointment of missing out on the title to Manchester City, former Sunderland midfielder Henderson said that their confidence was soaring.

"I think the lads at Liverpool are full of confidence and raring to go for the World Cup,'' he added.


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