Souness: Liverpool’s Gerrard has been England’s best for last decade
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness believes Steven Gerrard has been England's best player over the last decade
Graeme Souness believes Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been England’s best player over the last decade.
The 32-year-old Three Lions skipper is set to become just the sixth player to earn 100 England caps against Sweden on Wednesday.
And Souness, who made 54 appearances for Scotland, ranks Gerrard above Frank Lampard and John Terry when weighing up who he thinks has been England’s most influential player of the last 10 years.
“I’m trying to think over the last 10 years – I’d have him as number one,” Souness told the Daily Mail.
“Frank Lampard is a great midfield player and scorer of goals but I think Steven has the edge on him – then you start to compare him with strikers.
“John Terry has been a great player for England but you can’t compare a midfield player and a centre-back.
“You say best but I think the question you have to ask is ‘Biggest influence on the team’?
“I’d say that Steven Gerrard has had the biggest influence on the England team in the last 10 years.”
Souness, who won five top-flight titles and the European Cup three times during a seven-year spell at Anfield, believes Gerrard would walk into any of the great Liverpool sides of the past.
“He would get in any team that Liverpool have had that I know of,” added Souness.
“He certainly would have got in the team when we played, when we were dominating the game.
“For the best part of 10 years, he has been Mr Liverpool, he has carried a team through some sticky points.
“From a European Cup final in Istanbul to games where they have been drifting, where the game has maybe been going away from them, he has done something magical, scored a goal or created something.
“He has been the outstanding performer at Liverpool in the last 10 years by a country mile.”