Henderson ready for 'huge' U21 European Championship

The Liverpool midfielder insists that there are no concerns over fatigue or motivation as the Young Lions prepare to face an impressive Italian side in their group opener
England Under-21 captain Jordan Henderson is adamant that the Young Lions are ready for this summer's European Championships amid suggestions that some of the squad are fatigued.

Henderson is just one of a number of squad members who have exceeded the 40 game mark this season, however he insists he would rather be in Israel than relaxing on a beach.

"It is a great honour to captain the country - at any level it is a real privilege," Henderson told reporters.

"The lads have been brilliant getting here over two years, but now it's important we do the job right now and finish it off well.

"This is a huge tournament. You can see over the past few years some of the best players in the world have played in this tournament so it is big.

"Everybody will be excited and definitely, definitely motivated going into the games. Certainly not tired. No problem."

Stuart Pearce's side have not conceded a goal in nine unbeaten games and head into the tournament determined to make better progress than two years ago, leaving Henderson focussed on making amends.

"I have been working hard over this past season on a few things," he added.

"I have worked with the manager and stuff at my club and fortunately I have managed to work on the things he wanted me to improve on.

"I am feeling very confident going into the tournament, like I was two years ago. I don't think there is much difference, to be honest.

"I was confident then and I am confident going into it now.

"We're professionals at the end of the day and going into a big tournament two years ago I just concentrated and it didn't really affect the way I played or anything like that. It is just the same really."