Andy Gray: Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard deserves 100th England cap
Nobody deserves to join that elite 100 club for England as much as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, writes Andy Gray
Nobody deserves to join that elite 100 club for England as much as Steven Gerrard.
I’m delighted for him, he’s been one of my favourite players in the Premier League in the 20 years I’ve been covering it.
I remember Steven getting into the side as a teenager many years ago, and 14 years later he’s about to skipper the side and join an elite group of players to have done so, which is the perfect way to do it.
He deserves to be right up there with them, he’s a great footballer, a great professional and a good guy and I could not be more pleased for him.
You just look at the impact he’s made for Liverpool since he arrived and it’s just incredible, and the fact he is still one of their better players speaks volumes for how good a player he really is.
A lot was made of the England selections and one of the big ones came from the other side of Merseyside and the selection of Leon Osman at 31.
Leon has been fantastic for a number of years for Everton and because he doesn’t do all the fancy stuff and have a barrel full of tricks he doesn’t catch the eye. He’s a very worthy international player and I’m delighted for him and I think more people should be.
It’s a friendly after all and an international call-up is meant to be recognition of great club form.
Leon has worked really hard at his game in recent years. He’s been very loyal to Everton and he’s stayed there, he doesn’t pretend to be something he’s not – he’s a very efficient footballer, but he’s one you know is going to be dependency that he’s going to give you.
It’s good to see a number of debutants in there – I think Sterling especially will be making the first of many, many caps for England.
It’s good to see Roy Hodgson using a friendly in the right way, I think there are eight new faces and it would be great to see them all feature in some way shape or form. It’s a great honour to get that international cap and I think they all deserve a chance to take to the field.
I don’t understand all the controversy about the Jack Wilshere selection, personally. Jack was always going to be in there, he’s played three games, he’s demonstrated the fact he’s back to match fitness and everyone knows how talented he is.
He showed he should be match fit against Schalke in midweek. I know what Arsene Wenger means when he says he doesn’t want to rush him back but if Wilshere is fit then he will want to go and represent England.
There’s nothing wrong with him having 45 minutes in a friendly and showing Hodgson was he’s got, he hasn’t played under Roy after all so he might feel like he has something to prove while he’s there.
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