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Gareth Southgate has been warned he has taken a big "risk" by selecting Jordan Henderson in his squad for Euro 2020.
Henderson played 45 minutes of England's warm-up friendly against Romania on Sunday – his first action since February.
The Liverpool captain has been sidelined in the months since with a groin injury, which even required surgery, and has only just recovered in time to be considered for a role at the tournament.
But ex-England striker Chris Sutton feels Henderson's lack of match fitness could pose a real problem for Southgate once the competition gets underway.
Chris Sutton feels playing Jordan Henderson represents a risk for England
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"The last time Jordan Henderson kicked a ball for Liverpool was against Everton on February 20. Yet here he was appearing in an England shirt on the eve of a major tournament," Sutton told The Mail.
"Roy Keane was spot on. Speaking on ITV, he said Henderson clearly isn’t fit enough if he can’t start a game against Romania before these Euros.
"You can tell how highly Southgate rates the 30-year-old. But would it be right to use him in this tournament? I’m not so sure.
"There are nations out there who will pounce on any rustiness, and right now, Henderson is as rusty as they come. He represents a risk."
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Many felt Southgate might try and cover his bases with Henderson by selecting another midfielder – namely James Ward-Prowse – as the replacement for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.
However, the Three Lions boss has instead opted for Brighton defender Ben White in his 26-man squad.
By omitting Ward-Prowse, Southgate has also left out a player with superb dead ball delivery from set pieces, which could have proved to be a valuable weapon for England.
There is pressure now on Henderson to hit the ground running at the Euros and perform, but Keane has also questioned why Southgate has bothered to pick him.
Henderson reacts after seeing his penalty saved by saved by Romania's Florin Nita
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"Clearly Jordan is not fit, I don’t think he should be involved," Keane told ITV. "He can’t be fit if he can’t start a game against Romania. Because physically and mentally, today’s game won’t be that tough for him.
"He’s an experienced player but he hasn’t kicked a ball for three and a half months and going into a European Championships, he can’t be right."
Keane then took a swipe at suggestions Henderson was a good figure to keep in the squad even if he's not fit.
"Now I’ve heard people saying they want him around the place. For what? Does he do card tricks? Does he have a sing song, does he have quizzes in the evenings, what does he do?"
Speaking after the 1-0 win over Romania – during which Henderson missed a penalty he was not supposed to take – Southgate said: “We know the situation Hendo is in, he’s been a very positive influence around the camp with the group.
“It’s a step forward for him physically today which was important for him to be able to play some sort of part in the tournament and we are realistic about what that could be.
“It’s not a situation where it’s dividing the group or it’s unrealistic what’s possible.
“We’re not hanging our hat on him being fit and if we can get him to a good level then that’s a bonus. We’ve got 26 players which hasn’t been the case before."
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