Gerrard Central To Success

England v Bulgaria: player ratings

England begun to banish the ghost of another poor world cup past with the first game in the qualification for the 2012 European Championships with a convincing 4-0 victory over group G compatriots Bulgaria.

Several performances stood out for notable mention, Joe Hart looked assured in-goal, Jermain Defoe at his lethal best, Wayne Rooney returning to his former self but one mans performance brought a smile to my face.

I must admit I don’t find it coincidental that Liverpool and England have both under-performed on many a recent occasion whilst aiming to play their key midfield talisman out of position, behind a front one or even in a bizarre wide-left role.

This man, Steven Gerrard (pictured below) was fantastic against the Bulgarians and his captaincy of leading from the front with a ‘do or die’ mentality was there for all to see and give the younger and more inexperienced players a mentor to follow.

Gerrard now needs to take this performance into his club football, but firstly he needs to produce the performance again this coming Tuesday with arguably England’s toughest group fixture away in Basel against the illusive Swiss, a match that will determine the shape of the group.

Another commanding performance from the current captain and we can be assured of another safe progression to Poland and the Ukraine in 2012, then Liverpool fans and current manager Roy Hodgson will demand the same from their club captain.

Liverpool have had an indifferent start to the Premier League season and currently sit midway in the league table with a group of teams on 4 points after 3 games, but upcoming for the reds are two tough away games against Birmingham City and Manchester United (tasty) with a Europa League fixture sandwiched in between.

Gerrard (pictured above in Europa League action), has recently turned 30, and with many a speculated move been dismissed or not proving to be the right move away from his beloved reds, now is the time for him to deliver yet again in the so-called ‘twilight’ years of his career.

He has two or three major international tournaments left and several years at the top-level of the club scene if injuries and fitness go his way. Prove yourself again Steve and bring that long overdue success for the England national team, oh and Liverpool to if you must.

I’d certainly keep him as England captain for this campaign and I would seriously consider keeping with a 4-4-2 with no place for Lampard, Terry or Ferdinand.

Just my opinion…

But Gerrard central certainly works!!

Cheers for reading.


P.s. Certain national papers need to get off his back as I definitely thought he played better than James Milner last night contrary to what they think!!

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