Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Skipper Can Stay in Front by Leading from Further Back

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Skipper Can Stay in Front by Leading from Further Back

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Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay

WHEN Gary Neville mentioned those masters of reinvention, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, it was in the context of Wayne Rooney. Neville said Rooney would do well to emulate his senior club-mates in terms of adapting his game to the passing years. But another example could emerge in Steven Gerrard.

Despite coming from opposite sides of a great divide, Rooney and Gerrard are pals. A few years ago, many of us believed that the key to a creative England would be to use them together near the front. But it never quite happened and suddenly Gerrard is 32, around the same age as Scholes was when he delivered a memorable holding performance in Barcelona to help Manchester United reach the Champions League Final.

Already Liverpool's erstwhile Captain Fantastic seems to be playing in a more restrained style and his performances and fitness are hardly suffering, despite the team's tendency to miss chances.

Gerrard also exudes an air of balance and behaves like a proper England captain. …

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