Throughout history there have been a number of elite-level midfielders cut from English cloth - World Cup winning attacker Sir Bobby Charlton springs to mind, yet the Manchester United legend long tipped Duncan Edwards as not just the finest Englishman, but greatest of all players, even Pele.
Paul Gascoigne was no doubt one of the most gifted in the modern era while Bryan Robson, the archetypal all-action box-to-boxer, was lauded by Sir Bobby Robson 'as good a player as England ever produced'.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard may well be one of the fittest - he once made 164 consecutive Premier League appearances, surpassing statistics set by goalkeepers - in the same era Steven Gerrard wins commendation for his performances with the armband, being the catalyst for memorable come-from-behind victories in big matches such as the 2005 Champions League final versus AC Milan and the FA Cup final against West Ham United in the following season.
Arsenal fan's favourite Ray Parlour watched Gerrard on Sunday, as Liverpool visited the Emirates Stadium to take on the Gunners, in a match he may have been fortunate to finish as he could have been dismissed for a trip on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
While Parlour stated that Gerrard perhaps should have headed for an early bath, he did concede that he remains the 'best midfielder in England's history'.
No doubt defo penalty on Suarez. I love Gerrard as a player but lucky to stay on the field. Arsenal got the luck today. #luckofthecup— Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) February 16, 2014
@AntCam14 he's quality. Best midfielders in England's history in my book.— Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) February 16, 2014
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