Watkins lifts England to friendly win over Australia as Henderson booed

Watkins lifts England to friendly win over Australia as Henderson booed
Watkins lifts England to friendly win over Australia as Henderson booed

Gareth Southgate slammed the fans who booed Jordan Henderson as England’s understudies earned a 1-0 win against Australia thanks to Ollie Watkins’ second half strike in Friday’s friendly at Wembley.

Southgate was furious at the abuse of Henderson as England’s stand-in skipper was jeered by the Wembley crowd when he was substituted in the second half.

The Al-Ettifaq midfielder’s England inclusion has been controversial following his switch from Liverpool to Saudi Arabia, with critics claiming he has let down the LGBTQ+ community after previously expressing support for them.

Henderson also triggered a recent backlash when he supported the Saudi bid to host the 2034 World Cup.

“I really don’t understand it. He is a player with a lot of caps for England, his commitment and what he has delivered for England is exceptional,” Southgate said.

“His role in the group is phenomenally important. He is a brilliant role model in his professionalism.

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