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.