Henderson: We want Gareth to stay

Jordan Henderson says the Three Lions' squad want Gareth Southgate to be offered the England job on a permanent basis after describing him as brilliant.

Southgate guided the Three Lions to a 2-0 victory over Malta in his first game in interim charge of England, followed up with a 0-0 draw against Slovenia.

Henderson captained the side against Slovenia after Wayne Rooney was dropped but knows the side's performances and results will determine Southgate's fate.

The Liverpool captain said: "The manager has been brilliant. The players have got on really well with him this week.

"We need to put in the performances, not just for ourselves, but the fans and him and the coaching staff as well to make sure we keep working together for a long time."

He added: "He's spoken to the players as a group and individually as well and I think that has helped. We've worked well together as a group.

"He gives responsibility to players and he listens. It's been a good week. It would have been better with two wins, but we've got to take the positives: beating Malta and getting a good point from this game."

Positive results in Southgate's next two matches, against Scotland and Spain could determine the former Middlesbrough boss' fate.

With regards to having taken over from Rooney, Henderson further explained: "It was just for this game.

"I think Wayne handled the whole thing brilliantly. Even at half-time he was trying to help the lads, telling us how he thought we could improve in the second half.

"He wished us all the best, but he's the one we all follow. He's the captain and one we all look up to. He's a world class player and experienced player and he's shown his class this week.

"I get on well with Wayne and he just said 'keep on doing what you have been doing' because that's why you've been given the role.'

"I was very proud but I'm a little but disappointed and frustrated with the game and that we didn't win."

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