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England's midfielder Jordan Henderson takes part a training session. Photo: Getty Images

England's midfielder Jordan Henderson takes part a training session. Photo: Getty Images

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England's midfielder Jordan Henderson takes part a training session. Photo: Getty Images

Jordan Henderson would love to be England's next permanent captain - and has bought into Gareth Southgate's dream to develop the best team in the world. The Three Lions face Malta tomorrow night as they continue their bid to reach Russia.

Southgate has handed the armband around amid Wayne Rooney's fading influence before the striker's international retirement. But the Three Lions boss has yet to decide what to do in terms of the permanent captaincy.

"Of course (I want to be captain)," Henderson said. "If you ask a lot of the lads, they'll feel as though they're ready to lead.

"Whoever gets it, the lads I'm sure will be right behind the person to help lead.

"We have spoken as a squad and the target is to be the No.1 team in the world. However long it takes, we don't know."

  • Malta v England, World Cup Group F qualifier: Ta' Qali Stadium , tomorrow, 7.45pm

Belfast Telegraph