Jordan Henderson misses England’s Nations League clash with Croatia

England midfielder Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of Sunday’s match against Croatia due to a hamstring injury.

Henderson was expected to start the crucial Nations League match, live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event, but was absent from the matchday squad when it was announced ahead of kick-off.

England boss Gareth Southgate says Henderson is not 100 per cent fit and did not want to risk him for the match at Wembley.

“Jordan has been carrying a bit of an injury. He had some game time the other night but wasn’t fully happy with it,” said Southgate.

“He’s somebody who always wants to play and in the end I had to take a decision. In these games you’ve got to be clear in your mind and perfectly happy.”

Henderson struggled with a tight hamstring at the World Cup in Russia earlier this year and the injury surfaced again last month, with Liverpool midfielder substituted at half-time in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield.

The 28-year-old subsequently missed four matches for his club but returned to the squad for the 2-0 win over Fulham last weekend.

Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph starts against Croatia in place of Henderson, alongside Ross Barkley and Eric Dier.

England will finish top of the group and qualify for next year’s Nations League Finals with a win over Croatia.

However defeat, or a score draw, would see them finish bottom of a tight group and be relegated to the second-tier, while a goalless draw would leave them second behind Spain and retain their League A status.

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