Henderson: World Cup pain should motivate us

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Jordan Henderson will forever be scarred by England’s World Cup failure.

But the Liverpool midfielder thinks the Three Lions should use the memory of their painful experience in Brazil to motivate themselves to do much better at Euro 2016.

Seventy-three days have passed since England were knocked out of the World Cup, but for the nation’s football fans the hangover remains.

Only around 35,000 are expected to turn up to Wembley on Wednesday to watch the national team take on Norway in their first match since the group-stage exit.

England’s supporters are not the only ones who are struggling to forget what happened in Brazil. The players who were there still feel the pain too, but Henderson does not see that as such a bad thing.

“I don’t think you will ever forget that feeling after the Uruguay game of sheer disappointment,” he said.

“You have given everything in the game and you have come away from the competition far too early and it is hard to take.

“You go away with your family and you can’t really seem to forget about it because it does really hurt.

“Everywhere, the World Cup was on TV and it reminds you again and again how disappointing it was for us.

“That disappointment will always stay with you.

“You will keep that pain through your career, but stuff like that drives you on to do better.”