JORDAN Henderson plans to use this summer’s European Under 21 Championship finals as his springboard back into the senior England side.
The England Under 21 skipper has led the junior side to six wins out of six.
And he was won England Under 21s Player of the Year award at inaugural FA England awards at St George’s Park.
Now he is looking forward to helping the Under 21s side complete a great spell in their history by winning the U21 finals in Israel, while playing his way back into England manager Roy Hodgson’s plans.
Henderson has five senior caps but the recall of Chelsea’s Frank Lampard has curtailed his involvement.
And while he was happy to accept that, Henderson is looking for his chance to add too his tally – he last appearance being in Euro 2012, when he came on as a late substitute as England, who were knocked out on penalties in Kiev.
“The Euros were a brilliant experience for me,” he said.
“It was great to go into the senior squad at a big tournament like that.
“I managed to play a part, so I learned a lot from the trip.
“But hopefully I’ll have a successful summer this time and then I can get back into that team.”
Henderson – on Sunderland’s books from 2008-11 before his £20million sale to Liverpool - hope the England squad can now finish off in style after a stunning qualification campaign which saw them win nine out of 10 games, score 26 and concede just three.
Since qualifying, they have played four and won four with a goal difference of 13-0.
Henderson said: “It was good going but we were disappointed we didn’t make it 10 out of 10.
“We did the job though and qualified.
“I think we’ve played good football, scored good goals and defended really well.
“If we can take that into the tournament then we’ve got a really good chance.”