The Liverpool captain announced his retirement from international duty earlier in July and his domestic team-mate has now urged the younger players to step up and prove their worth
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Roy Hodgson's squad was filled with youthful talent and Henderson, who has been touted as one man who could fill the hole left by the departing Gerrard, has called on those players to step up.
"Let's face it, you can never replace a player like Steven Gerrard because he's probably the best player this country has ever seen - so yes, he's irreplaceable," Henderson is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
"I don't think you even necessarily try to fill that void. He is a one-off, I see him every day [at Liverpool] and I don't think there is any player like him.
"But what we have to do is develop the young talent coming through, and there is a lot of it. We've got to give them space to go and show how good they are.
"The likes of myself, Jack [Wilshere], Ross [Barkley] or whoever is in the England team need to take more responsibility, step up to the plate and take more of a leadership role if needed."