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Roy Keane has hit out at the the decision of Gareth Southgate to hand Jordan Henderson a spot in his 26-man England squad to take part in Euro 2020 from next week.
The Liverpool skipper had not featured on the pitch since January 20 ahead of their final warm-up clash on Sunday against Romania, and wasn't selected to start.
Before he was picked to come on for Kalvin Phillips for the second-half and missing a penalty, the 30-year-old was questioned by Manchester United hero Keane, who asked what he was bringing to the squad.
Speaking in his role as an ITV pundit, Keane said: “It’s already a distraction for Jordan. I was convinced he was going to play the other day and maybe start a game.
“I know there’s talk he will come on for the second 45 minutes, but why not start him in the first 45 minutes where there’s obviously more intensity?
“In the second half, there will be lots of changes. I think it’s a huge distraction. Clearly Jordan is not fit. I don’t think he should be involved.
“Well he can’t be fit if he can’t start the game against Romania. Physically and mentally, today’s game won’t be that tough to deal with.
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“He’s an experienced player, but to not kick a ball for three-and-a-half months and go to a European Championship… he can’t be right.
“I’ve heard lots of people say they want him around the place? For what? Does he do card tricks? Does he have a sing-song? Do quizzes in the evenings? What does he do?
“And if you’re Liverpool then you wouldn’t be happy either.
“Surely Jordan doesn’t want to be around the place if he’s some sort of cheerleader, you want to play, and clearly he’s nowhere near it.
“What you need after being out for three-and-a-half months is three or four games maybe. If he gets through the second 45 minutes, does that mean he’s an option in two or three weeks?
“He’s clearly not fit enough.”
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