Euro 2012: Steven Gerrard has unfinished business with England

Sharethematch.com looks at Steven Gerrard, and why the England captain will be key to Roy Hodgson's plans at Euro 2012

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Steven Gerrard will captain England at Euro 2012 PA Photos

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Gerrard will lead by example in Poland and Ukraine

Steven Gerrard is quite rightly England’s captain going into the European championship, and he will also be the Three Lions’ key player.

There aren’t many genuine world class players in Roy Hodgson’s squad, but Gerrard – along with Ashley Cole, Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney – is certainly of that calibre.

And you get the feeling there is unfinished business for the Liverpool midfielder at international level, where he perhaps hasn’t always delivered as he does for his club side.

There have been times where he has been just as influential for his country, but certainly they haven’t come on the biggest stage, at a World Cup or the Euros.

But in South Africa in 2010, when he had the armband on a temporary basis, he was widely considered as the one England player who could hold his head high following a decent tournament.

This time he has to be more than decent. With a lack of experienced heads, Gerrard will be crucial. He has to lead from the front, and grab games by the scruff of the neck, but he is capable.

Give Gerrard the license to push forward and he will create chances, and he will score goals.

His physique and his technical ability combine to make a great player when in form, and Gerrard will know time is running out to make a major impact for England.

Bellamy’s inclusion is a good one for the GB Olympic team

Many supporters may begrudge having Craig Bellamy in the Great Britain squad, but the decision to pick the Wales international for the Olympics is a good one.

The GB squad can only include three players over the age of 23, and while the public clamour for David Beckham, Paul Scholes and the like might be approaching deafening, the inclusion of Bellamy is a triumph for logic.

He certainly has his detractors, but he never gives anything less than his all regardless of which shirt he is wearing.

Whether it was Liverpool in the Champions League, Wales in Montenegro or Cardiff at Doncaster in the Championship, Bellamy has never been less than 100 per cent motivated.

And his performances for Liverpool last term, in a side that looked awful at times, proved that he is still near the top of his game.

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