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Jordan Henderson reveals he was unaware Gareth Southgate jetted out to watch his Ajax debut against PSV in person as he admits 'it's nice to know'... with the midfielder keen to move on from his Saudi Arabia stint - sportupdate
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Jordan Henderson reveals he was unaware Gareth Southgate jetted out to watch his Ajax debut against PSV in person as he admits ‘it’s nice to know’… with the midfielder keen to move on from his Saudi Arabia stint

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After a 1-1 draw, Henderson started the entire match for Ajax against the league leaders, who are unbeaten in the Eredivisie this season and remain 21 points clear of the hosts.

The 33-year-old occupied a deeper midfield position and nearly made an immediate impression when Kenneth Taylor missed a lofted through pass.Henderson contributed to the Ajax lead-giving pass from captain Steven Berghuis a few minutes later, before Luuk De Jong scored the equalizer for PSV.The England midfielder made his debut since December, when he appeared for Al Ettifaq against Al Hazem in Saudi Arabia in front of 5,000 supporters. His pre-match introduction at the Johan Cruyff Arena elicited the most enthusiastic applause among all Ajax players, surpassing the volume of the audience of over 50,000.

 

It truly felt phenomenal. “I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it, and it certainly did not disappoint,” Henderson said, emphasizing his eagerness to put an end to his contentious six-month sojourn in Saudi Arabia.

 

“All I wish to do is concentrate on Ajax and the future, as well as this new phase of my career.” “It was an incredible game to begin with what made it a special evening for me to be there,” Henderson continued. “The first few weeks have been magical.”

 

“If I had tried, I would not have felt more at home.” “I’ve adjusted quite well and it already feels like an eternity that I’ve been here.”The club shop has been devoid of pillows, bedsheets, and towels featuring Henderson and the No. 6 since Henderson’s arrival in Amsterdam just over a fortnight ago, due to the excitement surrounding the Premier League and Champions League-winning captain. Additionally, his shirt has become the fastest-selling jersey in Ajax history.

 

Steve Cooper, a former manager of Nottingham Forest and close acquaintance of Southgate, accompanied him on his visit to the Netherlands.

 

The England manager expressed in October his inability to comprehend why England supporters applauded Henderson during a friendly matchup with Australia at Wembley. Since his controversial decision to depart Liverpool for the Middle East, he has publicly supported the former Liverpool captain.As doubts lingered as to whether Henderson still merits a spot in the England squad prior to Euro 2024 in Germany, he put on a Champions League-caliber performance for 90 minutes that was characterized by his signature level of intensity.

 

Unless Ajax advance in the Europa Conference League, it is improbable that PSV will encounter a more formidable opponent for the remainder of the season, considering the magnitude of their lead at the summit of the Eredivisie.Henderson, who departed Liverpool for Saudi Arabia last summer, announced in January that it was “very much a football decision” that he terminated his three-year contract with Al Ettifaq after appearing in just 17 games in the Saudi Pro League.

 

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