Jordan Henderson hoping for England chance

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Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson is hoping to show what he can do when England face France on Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old received his maiden call-up to Fabio Capello's senior squad on Saturday night, before playing a starring role in Sunderland's 3-0 win at Chelsea yesterday.

And now, after watching training this morning, he hopes to be involved at Wembley.

"I didn't train because I've been doing recovery but I watched a bit and it looked very good," he said.

"I don't think I'll be intimidated. I'll give players respect and go out and prove to people what I can do.

"I spoke to (Sunderland team-mate) Darren Bent a little bit, he told me what to expect. I'm really looking forward to it, I'll train well and hopefully get a chance to play.

"It's a great opportunity for me and a few of the younger lads to show what we can do. I'll do everything to try and take that chance.

"You want to play for your country and I'll be doing everything I can to get another call-up."

Henderson found out about his selection on the eve of his club's stunning win at the home of the champions and he admitted it had given him a pre-match boost.

He added: "In my mind I was concentrating on the Chelsea game. I got the text on the night and I was over the moon.

"It gave me a boost, more confidence. Before the game I needed to concentrate on Chelsea and make sure I worked hard."

Jay Bothroyd believes his surprise call-up is the final step of "a long journey" which began when he left Arsenal in 2000.

The Cardiff striker was released by Arsenal after a display of petulance when he was substituted in the academy play-off final in 2000.

Bothroyd spent three years at Coventry before spells at Perugia, Blackburn, Charlton and Wolves from whom he joined Cardiff where his form prompted his selection for Wednesday's game.

Bothroyd said: "When I was younger I made a massive mistake but I was a nipper and you try to learn from mistakes.

"It was disheartening to leave and I've had a long journey. I like to think I am back on track now. I've just been called up for England.

"There have been lots of downs but the last couple of years I have knuckled down. I have made a conscious effort to turn my life around."

Bothroyd admitted he was surprised by Fabio Capello's selection but he was intent on enjoying the experience rather than being overawed.

"I was over the moon," he added.

"It was the best day of my career to get that call and I am happy to be here.

"I'm just delighted to be here training with some of the best players in the world.

"They are world-class players, it's terrific.

"The championship is a bit more hustle and bustle but coming out and playing there today was enjoyable.

"You feel like you have got to step up and show your worth.

"If I am involved on Wednesday it will be another great day for me."

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