Hero Hendo ‘over the moon’

Midfielder Henderson was ecstatic after receiving the call-up on

Saturday evening from Fabio Capello. Then the 20-year-old and his

Sunderland team-mates followed that up by triumphing 3-0 against

Premier League leaders and champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Now Henderson is looking to make the senior breakthrough with his

country and insists he is not fazed by the prospect if he is called

upon by national boss Capello. Henderson said: “I am over the moon.

With the result yesterday and getting the England call-up, it’s

been a really good week for me. “I think we played really well at

Chelsea. The game plan was to go and have a go. There is no point

in sitting back against Chelsea and it worked really well. “We

pressed them high up the pitch and got our just rewards. “We were

devastated after losing the Newcastle game (5-1), every single

player, so this just makes it a little bit better, beating Chelsea

away 3-0. “Now for me I’ve got my chance with England. I’ve got to

train well and hopefully I will get my first cap. “Wembley will be

a new experience, a massive experience for me..” Henderson added:

“I won’t get carried away. I’ve just got to keep doing what I am

doing. “I have got the right people around me, good friends, and

good family. “It has been quite a rapid rise. I just want to keep

going and progressing as a player and learning things from people.

“But I will not be intimidated. I will give the players a lot of

respect but I will just go out and prove to people what I can do.

“It is an opportunity for me and other young lads to show what we

can do. I’ll do all I can in my power to take the England chance.”

Henderson is quick to praise the influence of Black Cats boss Steve

Bruce. And he is playing down the speculation that his sparkling

form will inevitably mean him moving to one of the bigger clubs. He

said: “The gaffer has been brilliant with everyone. Everyone likes

him, he is really fair. “He will give you a kick up the backside

when you need it and also put an arm around you when you need it as

well. “He is brilliant with everyone and we have got a real good

togetherness at the club now.” When asked about the possibility of

moving, Henderson said: “I don’t think about that really. “I am

concentrating on playing for Sunderland, I am really enjoying my

football at the moment and that is all I can do.”