Replaced before the hour mark, Steven Gerrard's performance in England's 1-0 loss to Germany at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, November 19 has polarised opinion. The Independent claim the influential Liverpool skipper struggled to make an impact, but his first-half display was decent - and he showed good movement off the ball.
Daily Mail columnist Martin Keown believes the veteran midfielder would be one of the few, if not only, England players who would make the grade if he were German, rather than players such as Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend and Chelsea full back Ashley Cole.
'Would any England player get into the Germany team?' Keown asked, before answering: 'Steven Gerrard would. I was sitting near some Germany fans and they were really impressed with the England captain. He covered so much ground, set the pace for his team, played quick passes forward and almost scored with a first-half effort from outside the box.'
In a recent data study compiled by Here Is The City here, writer Alan Dawson highlighted Gerrard's contributions in the Premier League this season, noting that he completes a pass once every 1.5 minutes, creates a chance every 33 minutes and scores a goal or supplies an assist every 160 minutes. This belies ITVs assessment here that Gerrard's decline is blatant.
'He has everything,' Keown summarised.
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