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Jordan Henderson is targeting a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad at World Cup in Brazil after his recall for the upcoming friendly internationals against Chile and Germany.
The 23-year-old has not been involved with the Three Lions since making his fifth appearance as a substitute in the Euro 2012 quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Italy.
However Hodgson has rewarded Henderson for some good performances for the Under-21s and in Liverpool’s impressive start to the Premier League campaign by handing him an opportunity to stake his claim for a World Cup spot in this week’s double-header.
And the former Sunderland man is confident he has improved greatly since his previous outing for the senior national team and is looking to prove himself if he gets a chance in the Wembley outings against Chile on Friday and Germany next Tuesday.
“It’s a massive boost and I’m delighted to be going there but when I’m there I need to make sure I’m working hard and do what I’ve been doing here really,” Henderson said.
“I think it (the World Cup) is up for grabs for anyone.
“If you are doing well and your team is doing well people will be looking at you but now I have the chance to go and train and possibly play I have to make sure I’m at it form the start.
“I am sure a World Cup will inspire anyone but football is enough to inspire me: just to go out and play every week.
“Hopefully I can do the best I can and get picked again.
“I definitely think I have improved over a few years so hopefully I can keep improving as time goes on.”