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Steven Gerrard has named the two England players he ‘pretended’ to like

Jack Kenmare

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Steven Gerrard has named the two England players he ‘pretended’ to like

Steven Gerrard was touring the country for fan events back in 2017 and started with a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

During a question and answer session, the Liverpool legend revealed the extent of the rivalry within the England squad.

The midfielder compiled an impressive 114 caps - the fourth most capped player for England behind just Peter Shilton, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham - scoring 21 goals during a 14-year span while eventually becoming captain before retiring from international football in 2014.

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Though despite England assembling a team dubbed as the 'Golden Generation' which included the likes of Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, to name but a few, the Three Lions failed to deliver on the international front.

Players across the Premier League's finest from Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea forged what seemed a talent rich starting XI and squad.

Perhaps the following is why they didn't reach their potential?

Putting aside club rivalry proved a hard task, as detailed by Gerrard who confesses there's hatred for Manchester United pair Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville.

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"When you're lining up against in the tunnel against Rio and Gary Neville you want to do everything in your power to beat them, there's hatred there, that's exactly how it is," he said via Belfast Live.

Image Credit: PA Images
Image Credit: PA Images

"When you meet up for England at that time, you pretend you like them, but your career finishes, their career finishes and your friendship starts for real."

Gerrard is currently manager of Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq.

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The club currently sit seventh in the table following a 0-0 draw with Al Feiha.

Since taking charge, Gerrard has signed ex-Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson and Everton winger Demarai Gray.

Featured Image Credit: Getty Images

Topics: Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville

Jack Kenmare
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