Jordan Henderson answered every question on the lips of every England fan.

Yes, Gareth Southgate is strong enough to handle a squad bulging with world-class talent.

Yes, there are plenty of leaders in the camp to help him maintain control.

Yes, the Three Lions youngsters bursting onto the scene get what it means to represent the country.

And, yes, England are improving as they aim to conquer Europe next summer.

Henderson says that Southgate has the backing of the entire England squad

Not a lot to worry about, then, for Southgate’s side, who host FIFA’s number one ranked team Belgium today and Denmark on Tuesday in the latest round of Nations League matches.

Even if the breaking of COVID-19 rules has forced the manager to drop a total of FIVE players in just two camps.

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood were sent home after the 1-0 win in Iceland last month for inviting two girls back to the team hotel.

Then Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho were left out of Thursday’s 3-0 thumping of Wales after attending a ‘surprise’ party with more than the permitted six people.

Phil Foden (right) and Mason Greenwood were sent home from England duty while in Iceland
Greenwood and Foden were sent home from Iceland following their breach

Inevitably, that has led to many wondering if Southgate is too soft to instill the necessary discipline.

Well, Liverpool skipper Henderson, 30, has rubbished that idea, revealing the national boss does have a temper when required.

And he is equally quick to insist there are enough influential figures in the set-up to assist Southgate in marshaling his troops.

The Anfield ace, capped 55 times since his debut ten years ago, declared: “Even though Gareth is a nice guy and may not raise his voice that often, when he does shout, you know it's because something isn't right.

Southgate has been known to raise his voice at players on occasions

“He isn't afraid to make tough decisions – as we've seen – and the players think he’s handled everything really well.

“He thinks about things and that helps him say it right - both publicly and privately. But it's also up the players to help and be there for each other, so we make better decisions.

“It's important to have multiple leaders. Any successful team needs five, six, seven to set an example and the standards.

“Leadership comes in different forms. We have those leaders here. Not just one or two. I look around and see a lot, even though we have young players.”

That was very evident to Henderson last week as he watched the most inexperienced Three Lions line-up since 1976 put Wales to the sword.

England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the opening goal against Wales

You say Grealish is the man for England

In a recent Daily Star survey on the England team, we asked the question: who should give England that midfield spark after Phil Foden was dropped?

Of course, Jack Grealish took the overwhelming victory, with 60% of the public vote.

Mason Mount took 28%, Harvey Barnes 9% and James Maddison just 1% - with the rest voting for others.

Henderson, inspirational in Liverpool’s first title success in 30 years last term, went on: "There was nothing but excitement. I was buzzing when Conor Coady scored - and for Danny Ings and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

“You can see how much it means to be making their England debuts. You see the hunger and desire. The togetherness has been really good this week. That needs to stay.

“There’ll always be Premier League rivalry but, here, it’s about putting that aside and doing what’s right to achieve our dreams with England.”

The critics’ negative reaction to a dull goalless draw in Denmark in September could scarcely have been more different.

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But Henderson, who missed that match through injury, is convinced Southgate’s 2018 World Cup semi-finalists are getting better all the time.

“I think we’ve improved again since the World Cup,” added the ex-Sunderland man. “I definitely feel we’ve progressed.

“The last camp was difficult for everybody - and very difficult to make a judgement on. The results were there, though.

”There’s still a lot to improve and there’s no better game to learn from than Belgium - with them being world No 1 at the moment.”