A Marcus Rashford penalty secured a 1-0 victory for the Three Lions against Romania with Gareth Southgate’s men making it two wins out of two in their pre-tournament friendlies.
Henderson took the captain’s armband from Rashford when the goalscorer was substituted in the second half and the Liverpool midfielder made the call to step up and take the second penalty of the evening, despite Calvert-Lewin wanting to take it himself.
Henderson missed and England boss Gareth Southgate admitted he thought Calvert-Lewin would have been the taker, he said: “Marcus and James Ward-Prowse were the two nominated at the start of the game.
“Of course they both came off, so I’d have to say I was expecting Dominic to take it at that point. But Hendo was the captain on the field by then and was the one to make the decision.
“He’s been a very positive influence around the camp with the group. It’s a step forward for him physically today, which was important in order for him to be able to play some sort of part in the tournament.”
And Calvert-Lewin has shed some light on why he didn’t take the penalty, with Henderson making it clear he was still waiting for his first England goal.
“He said that ‘he hasn’t scored for England yet’, so he wanted the penalty,” Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports.
“Maybe in hindsight as a number nine, I should have taken the penalty. But on another day, he puts that into the back of the net.
“It’s maybe one of those things. If I want to go to the next level then I have to be more ruthless there and take the penalty.”
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Meanwhile, Roy Keane branded Ian Wright “a liar” after the former Arsenal striker claimed he would’ve let Henderson take his missed penalty for England last night.
Keane said: “He should have fought his corner there, shouldn’t he? [He should have said] I don’t care who you are, I want the penalty, I’m the striker. You’ve only been back three-and-a-half months – back away.”
But fellow pundit Wright disagreed claiming that Henderson was just “exercising his power”, he responded: “Henderson’s a big figure in the dressing room, so for him to tussle for the penalty doesn’t look good for Calvert-Lewin.”
Keane hit back: “If you were the striker, what would you have done?”
To which Arsenal legend Wright insisted he would’ve given the penalty to Henderson despite his thirst for goals.
Keane continued: “No, you’re a liar. You wouldn’t have given it to [Lionel] Messi or [Diego] Maradona.”