Yesterday’s international friendly between England and Denmark taught us a few things. Firstly, Adam Lallana has to be on that plane to Brazil. Secondly, Ashley Cole needs to stay at home and Luke Shaw should play understudy to Leighton Baines. Thirdly, Kasper Schmeichel is looking every bit as good as his old man.
But fourth and not least - Steven Gerrard is enjoying an Indian summer in his career.
He was magnificent for England yesterday - playing in the deeper role that Brendan Rodgers has finally got him performing in efficiently in his rampant Liverpool side.
He strung together player like the master weaver and he hit one pass out to Raheem Sterling on the right hand side that was quite frankly miraculous.
At the World Cup, where Roy Hodgson is likely to take many first-timers, someone with his experience is necessary - but the worry in recent times is that doing so would be a detriment to the team.
For instance the likes of Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Cole and co should be worried that they are being left at home.
But Gerrard is the veteran performing better than anyone else - and is probably the first name on Hodgson’s team-sheet right now.
And one person who seemingly agrees is Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
The pair played for England together for a decade - so know each other well. And Rio believes there is plenty more to come from the legs of the 33-year-old Liverpool star - stating:
Gerrard can play in this role for another few years....strolling!— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) March 5, 2014
He’s right - Gerrard, à la Scholes or Giggs looks like he could play for many more years yet.
The only question is whether that will be for England as well as Liverpool.
Based on the evidence of last night’s display don’t count him out of the European Championships in France just yet.
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