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Harvey Elliott breaks Liverpool silence after Jordan Henderson booed by England fans

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Harvey Elliott breaks Liverpool silence after Jordan Henderson booed by England fans

Harvey Elliott has spoken out after former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was booed during England’s friendly win over Australia on Friday night.

Harvey Elliott, the young Liverpool midfielder, has spoken out in defense of his former teammate Jordan Henderson after witnessing him being booed by England fans at Wembley Stadium. Henderson, who recently left Liverpool to join Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia, made his return to the national team’s home ground during a friendly match against Australia.

Despite England’s 1-0 victory, Henderson’s substitution in the second half was met with jeers from the crowd. The controversy surrounding Henderson’s transfer stems from his previous vocal support for LGBTQ+ groups, juxtaposed with his decision to accept a lucrative offer to play in a country where homosexuality is considered a criminal offense.

The midfielder chose not to address the incident directly but expressed his pride in captaining the team while Harry Kane was given a rest. In response to the booing incident, Elliott, who is yet to receive a call-up to the senior national team but has been making strides with the Under-21s, shared his disappointment.

“[The booing] is upsetting, Hendo is a massive inspiration, not just to myself but to many around the world. For what he has done for England and English football it’s not nice to see,” Elliott said (via the ECHO), becoming the first Liverpool player to be asked about it.

“It’s his decision, it’s his career. As a nation, we need to get behind these players and support them. It wasn’t nice, but knowing Hendo I’m sure it hasn’t fazed him. He’s a positive-minded player and person. He just wants to do the best for himself in his career. Everyone is behind him.”

Gareth Southgate, the England manager, also voiced his support for Henderson in post-match interviews, stating that the fans’ behavior ‘defies logic’. “Some people decided to boo. I really don’t understand what that’s for,” Southgate said. “We play Italy here on Tuesday, come on let’s get behind this team. I know we weren’t at our best tonight, but we made a lot of changes.”

Liverpool.com says: We hate to say it, but, like Southgate, Elliott has got this wrong. Henderson might still be a role model for the Liverpool midfielder, but he let down an awful lot of supporters during the summer with his decision to move to Saudi Arabia.

By turning his back on a group of fans who once considered him to be an ally, he has foregone any right to unconditional support. It’s fine if a player or a manager wants to defend him, but not for a second should they be telling supporters what they should think, especially on a matter as important as inclusivity in football.

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