Published: 11th July, 2018
Surrey all-rounder Scott Borthwick has more reasons than most to cheer on England in the World Cup tonight – he used to play football with England’s midfield kingpin, Jordan Henderson!
As shown in the picture above, Borthwick went to school with Henderson in Sunderland, joining the World Cup semi-finalist when the pair went to secondary school at the age of eleven.
The two natural sportsmen have both followed their dreams, forging international sporting careers, Henderson with his boyhood club Sunderland before transferring to Liverpool and Borthwick with Durham before moving to Surrey from the north-east at the end of the 2016 summer.
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) July 11, 2018
“I played a lot of football with him as a kid going through the school ranks and he was always pretty special” remembered Borthwick this week. “It wasn’t just his first touch, it was the way he went about things. Even from a young age his diet habits were different gravy to everyone else! You always knew he was going to kick on.”
Whilst Henderson made his England debut in 2010, Borthwick followed a year later when he made his One Day International debut against Ireland in Dublin, adding a Test cap to his record in Sydney during the 2014 Ashes.
Although Borthwick remembers Henderson being a fine all-round sportsman, the leg spinner backs himself as a better footballer than the Liverpool skipper is cricketer.
“I remember him playing cricket in the nets”, he added. “I think he actually got me out in Year 9 nets but I don’t think he was very good. I remember him being a very good table tennis player!”
Ever the proud Englishman, Borthwick concluded: “I’m backing England to beat Croatia and then once you get to the final, anything can happen!”
If you want more on Borthwick’s take on the World Cup, you can listen to him, alongside club captain Rory Burns, giving their thoughts on the World Cup on two of BBC London commentator Mark Church’s regular podcasts!
Click on the links below to listen in…