by Michael Wade
Sunderland midfielder David Meyler has tipped Jordan Henderson to become a future England captain.
And he is confident the Liverpool youngster can do the same thing for Liverpool despite a tough start to life at Anfield.
Henderson became a target of fans’ frustrations following a big-money move from Sunderland and after a late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2012 he also faced a rough ride from England supporters during the 1-0 win against Belgium at Wembley.
But Meyler is sure that his former teammate has the ability to prove the doubters wrong and reckons he will go on to big things for club and country.
“He is good enough, there’s no question about that,” he told talkSPORT. “I played with him at Sunderland and I’m surprised that England supporters would even boo him.
“It would never happen in Ireland. Maybe Irish people and English people are different but that’s unheard of because whether you like him or not he’s going to be an English midfielder in three or four years time and eventually he’s going to captain England.
“He’s had a tough start because everyone expects world class things of him but he moved to Liverpool on his own and took a month or two to settle in.
“His family knows and his friends know that he is well able to play for Liverpool without a shadow of a doubt. It’s like when Lucas played for Liverpool three seasons ago people booed him and gave him a hard time but a year and a half later he became a fans’ favourite.
“Jordan needs more time and when he proves himself the Liverpool fans won’t even remember his first season.”