Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Gerrard has case for the defence

By the very high standards he sets, Steven Gerrard's performance in Montenegro was no better than ordinary. Especially in the second-half, too many of his passes were wayward.

And, as the tide turned completely against England, the skipper typically tried to rescue matters on his own when a restrained 'defensive' role alongside Manchester United's Michael Carrick was probably more appropriate: it set me thinking. Gerrard will be 33 next month: he can't forever continue to be the magnificent, swashbuckling midfielder/striker that has served his club and country so well for so long. Why not consider dropping back into the centre of defence?

Liverpool have problems in that area: more so when Jamie Carragher retires. And, at times last week, Joleon Lescott showed ample reason why he'd been left out of the original England squad.

Gerrard, usually, remains a wonderful passer of the ball and no one, of sound mind, questions his tackling ability or excellence in the air.

Don't those qualities define an outstanding central defender in the modern game? Surely it's worth thinking about.

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