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Jordan Henderson has told ITV News that England are ready for their opening World Cup match against Italy.
Sunderland-born Henderson is expected to be in Roy Hodgson's starting eleven for the match against the Italians tomorrow night, which takes place in the Brazilian City of Manaus.
As England and Liverpool player Jordan Henderson prepares to take his place at the World Cup in Brazil, his old teachers at Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland are watching.
They remember him for his "fantastic attitude" and use him as an example to other teenagers about what could happen if they work hard.
Simon O'Rourke reports.
He is now an international star, a key figure in Liverpool's midfield and in Brazil expecting to start for England against Italy in the World Cup. But aged 14, Jordan Henderson was an enthusiastic member of the Year 9 team at Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland. Can you spot him?
Incidentally, that line-up also includes another now international sports star. The boy in the school blazer on the far left is Durham and England cricketer Scott Borthwick.
Sunderland-born Jordan Henderson is expected to be in the starting line-up for England against Italy in the World Cup. He left the Black Cats to join Liverpool in 2011, but has not been forgotten on Wearside.
David Robinson was Henderson's football coach at Farringdon Community Academy and said he always had a "fantastic" attitude.