David Beckham ‘really sad’ to see Liverpool captain end England career
David Beckham says Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is one of best midfielders that he has played with
David Beckham has praised Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard for making the “brave decision” to step down as England captain.
The 33-year-old midfielder called time on his Three Lions career following a disappointing World Cup campaign which saw Roy Hodgson’s side finish bottom of Group D.
[Steven is] without doubt one of the best midfielders I’ve ever played alongside
The talismanic Liverpool skipper finished one appearance shy of Beckham’s 115 England caps, which is a record for an outfield Three Lions player.
And Beckham, who captained England on 59 occasions, hailed Gerrard as one of the best midfielders that the Manchester United legend played alongside during his career.
“I’m really sad to see Stevie step down as England captain. It’s a brave decision, because stepping down from playing for your country is always a tough decision,” Beckham told the FA’s website.
“But Stevie is a clever lad and such a talented player and without doubt one of the best midfielders I’ve ever played alongside. You saw his talent from a young age, there aren’t many who have everything – he’s one of those players.
“He can head the ball, tackle, score, pass, has energy, and can play in many positions.”