England Under-21s captain expecting difficult draw in Euro 2013 play-offs.
As Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson
prepares to face his former club this weekend he'll have one eye on the UEFA European Under-21s Championship
Henderson travels back to Sunderland with his Anfield team mates for Sunday's Premier League clash and on Friday afternoon he and his England Under-21s team mates will learn who they'll be facing in next month's play-off double-header.
Victory over Norway in Chesterfield on Monday
on Monday sealed their place as Group 8 winners
and with it one of the seven top seed berths in Pot A.
Under-21s Head Coach Stuart Pearce will be at UEFA HQ in Nyon, Switzerland for the draw and Henderson expects a tough encounter next month, whoever England are paired with.
"It'll be interesting to see who we'll get, but I don't think we'll be too bothered," said Henderson, who scored for the Three Lions in their Euro 2011 play-off with Romania two years ago
"Whoever we get we've just got to go out there and put on a good performance as it'll be difficult for us.
"We have to concentrate on ourselves to be honest. We have things to improve on before then, but hopefully if we can do that then we can qualify for the Finals again."
England are aiming to reach the Finals for the fourth successive time, and the 22-year-old captain believes that the nations in Pot B will be hoping to avoid Pearce's men.
"We've won seven out of eight games, which isn't bad, and we've had a lot of new faces coming in during that time, with players having to gel, so I think we've done brilliantly.
"We have a lot of youngsters who have played in the seniors, and the young lads who have come into the Under-21s have settled in really well. There's a lot of talent coming through.
"Our aim now is to win the play-off and get into the tournament in Israel."
The Euro 2013 play-off draw will take at 1pm (BST) on Friday afternoon at UEFA's HQ in Nyon, Switzerland and matches will be played betwen 12 and 16 October. We'll bring you the latest details here.
Spain (Group 5 winners)
Czech Republic (Group 3 winners)
England (Group 8 winners)
Netherlands (Group 10 winners)
Germany (Group 1 winners)
Italy (Group 7 winners)
France (Group 9 winners)
Switzerland (Group 5 runners-up)
Sweden (Group 2 winners)
Russia (Group 6 winners)
Serbia (Group 4 winners)
Denmark (Group 4 runners-up)
Slovenia (Group 2 runners-up)
Norway (Group 8 runners-up)