Frank Lampard Explains Why England Partnership With Steve Gerrard
Frank Lampard has explained why the partnership with Steven Gerrard at international level failed.
Supporters remember the Golden Generation of the England national side with a heavy heart. It was a squad brimming with talent, but, for some reason, the group never clicked.
Perhaps it was because of the management, perhaps it was because there were too many big personalities at the same time, but it did not work out with the Three Lions, despite the depth of talent in the squad at the time.
Now Chelsea legend and newly-appointed Derby County boss Lampard has offered some insight as to why, in the centre of the park at least, the team didn't gel, and what he would've done differently.
"I would have played three midfield players," Lampard said.
"I would have played Owen Hargreaves or Michael Carrick or Paul Scholes in the earlier days, because he'd already started to retreat to a deep midfield player for Manchester United.
"If myself and Steven are playing in midfield for England without anybody behind us, you had to always worry about where he was in relation to me to be able to make your natural runs.
"The worst thing in football is when you start second guessing your movement because it's so fast, when you wait you can't arrive.
"It was an absolute no-brainer to me looking back that we didn't do it."
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It's clear that Lampard feels that the reason he and Gerrard - players who were considered by many as two of the best central-midfielders at the world at the time - didn't click was a tactical reason.
England managed consecutive runs to the quarterfinals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cup and also the European Championship in 2008 -but it's felt more could've been done.
If only England had a decent manager who could've steered the ship in the right direction. No, not you, Steve McClaren.