Henderson backs Pearce for senior England role

The captain of the youth setup believes his manager is worthy of a more prominent role once again following their win 2-0 against Azerbaijan on Thursday night

Jordan Henderson has stated that England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce would be a great addition to the senior squad's coaching staff.

Pearce had been a prominent figure in previous regimes and even took charge in a caretaker role following the departure of Fabio Capello in February.

Pearce has since led team Great Britain at the Olympic Games and, most recently, the Under 21s to the brink of qualification to the Under-21 European Championships – and Henderson has tipped the 50-year-old to again aid the senior setup.

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"He's a great inspiration and a great leader for everyone involved. For us, he's brilliant. And he's someone that we definitely look up to." Henderson told Sky Sports.

"Of course, he's definitely got a role [to play] in the senior team. It hasn't really got much to do with me, I don't know what goes on, but for us he's a great manager and a great leader."

A 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Thursday night means England Under-21s need just a point against second-place Norway on Monday to secure top spot and a place in the play-off draw for a chance to play at the European Championships next summer.

But Henderson wants to go out in style and claim all three points against Per Joar Hansen’s charges.

"Obviously it was a great win for us in Baku the other night to take us into a good position to finish top of the group if we can do the job against Norway on Monday," he added.

"So everyone was happy with that win but we've got another game to go before the play-offs and hopefully we can win that to top the group.

"We played some decent stuff and did the job."