Former Sunderland young player of the year, Jordan Henderson's strong 2013/14 season for Liverpool have earned him a seat on the plane for Roy Hodgson's England squad this summer, and his recent playmaking and goalscoring capabilities shown for the Premier League runner-ups have offered him strong betting odds in individual goalscorer markets.
Sunderland-born Henderson made his way through the youth ranks of his local Tyne and Wear club at an early age, playing in his first league game for Sunderland as a half-time substitute in November 2008 against Chelsea.
Henderson remained at his home club on contract until 2011, making 71 appearances and scoring four times which began when he netted against Manchester City on in December 2009, having also made 10 appearances and scored once during a loan spell at Coventry City just prior.
A strong showing saw him bag two goals against Leicester City and Hoffenheim in pre-season friendlies for the 2010/11 season, opening doors from several rival Premier League clubs to court the youngster away from Sunderland. Liverpool eventually swooped for Sunderland's Young Player of the Year, bringing him to the Anfield club for a fee of around £16 million.
Henderson made his debut in Liverpool's first game of the 2011–12 Premier League, and has since made 102 appearances for the club and scored 11 times during a period that also saw him part of the Football League Cup-winning side in 2011/12.
A pensive start finally improved in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign during which Henderson was a regular starter, scoring four goals in the goal-hungry Liverpool side that finished second in the league.
Henderson has represented England at four different levels, his first goal in an England shirt coming in the European U21 Championship play-offs against Romania. In eight senior appearances, standby Henderson was called up to Euro 2012 and made two substitute appearances against France and Italy.
Jordan Henderson World Cup Betting Tips
Henderson, not part of World Cup qualification matches, will be a contender to start in the 2014 World Cup group stages but could find himself a substitute in Hodgson's talented midfield, anytime and last goalscorer markets set to be most promising to look at. Henderson has become prone to providing fine assists for Liverpool team-mates over the previous 12 months, and with Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard within England's squad, support he will certainly provide.