Jordan Henderson deserves England captaincy - Liverpool's James Milner

James Milner says Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson fully deserves his chance to captain England for the first time on Tuesday night.

Henderson, 26, has been given the armband for England's World Cup qualifier in Slovenia by interim manager Gareth Southgate, with full-time skipper Wayne Rooney set to start on the substitutes' bench.

Henderson became Liverpool captain at the start of the 2015-16 season when he replaced the departed Steven Gerrard, and Milner says he will make a "great leader" for the Three Lions.

"It is amazing and fully deserved," Milner told Liverpool's official website. "He is a top player with a top attitude. He is a great captain here -- obviously I have played under him for the last year.

"Last year times were tough for him when he was injured and desperate to be out on the field, but he was a great leader even when he wasn't playing, which isn't the easiest thing to do.

"He has shown what a good captain he is really. When things aren't going well for you, that's when your strengths come through as a captain.

"He showed that last year and obviously this year on the field he has been playing amazingly. He'll be a great leader for England as well."

Henderson has made an impressive start to the season with Liverpool, having started every game in Premier League so far this campaign in a deep-lying midfield role.

He carried over his good club form to England when he created both goals in the 2-0 win over Malta on Saturday evening.

"He is a top player," Milner added. "It's not always easy for opposition fans to see quality players if they're not watching them every week.

"But I'm sure at the teams he has played for people know how good he is. He had a great game the other night, he has been pulling the strings for us in midfield. Hopefully it continues.

"To lead out your country is a massive honour, something you grow up dreaming of doing. It means so much.

"It will be a great night for him and hopefully they can get a good result as well, because that's obviously the most important thing. You want to round off the night with a good result."