Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard will join England’s exclusive 100 club in the friendly match with Sweden later this evening. Gerrard will join Billy Wright, Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Peter Shilton and David Beckham as only the sixth England player to reach a century of appearances for his country.
There’s an interesting article on the BBC Football website here.
In the article, England manager Roy Hodgson says he is honoured to be the manager that awards Gerrard is 100th cap.
Hodgson said: “Anybody who gets 100 caps for his country has got to be one hell of a player. During those 100 caps there will be times when he wakes up after a game to the headline ‘Mr Fantastic’ and there will be times when he wakes up to headlines ‘You Let Us Down’.
“That’s the nature of the business but during his captaincy at Euro 2012 and since he has been excellent on and off the field. He is an outstanding, mature thinking football man. I’m delighted I’m the manager when he gets that 100th cap.
“What makes him a good captain is his ability, which gives him enormous respect in the group. What gives him a heads-up over a lot of people is his maturity, his total dedication to football and the fact that he’s prepared to give his time to other young players, to champion their cause and speak to them.”
The only disappointment for Gerrard, (and England fans), is the lack of any major tournament successes. Gerrard was part of the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ that failed to realise their potential. That aside, Gerrard can be rightly proud of his own personal achievement in joining England’s exclusive 100 club.
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