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THE England team barely registers with many of Liverpool FC’s Scouse following.
But even the most hardened international cynic would have doffed their cap at Steven Gerrard this week reaching the magical 100-appearance mark.
Gerrard joins Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Billy Wright as the only centurions for the Three Lions.
The Liverpool midfielder has never hidden his pride at representing England, most notably when captaining the side at this summer’s Euros.
It’s likely the 32-year-old will go on to better Bobby Moore’s record for most number of England caps won by a player at one club, having spent his entire career at Anfield.
And yet in all that time the trappings of fame and fortune have not overly changed the Gerrard that made his international debut as a 20-year-old against Ukraine back in 2000.
Even his haircut has barely altered for much of the ensuing 12 years.
As Phil Thompson, in no way referring to any other player on this page that has skippered his country, said this week: “Proper LEADER. Proper CAPTAIN. Proper LEGEND.”
Time to go Ga Ga over king Suarez
NO sooner had Brendan Rodgers described Luis Suarez as having “a kind of magic” that people with far too much time on their hands were drawing up mock photos of the Uruguayan sporting a Freddie Mercury-esque Movember moustache.
But, riffing on the theme, what Queen songs would best apply to others at Liverpool?
Certainly, Brendan Rodgers is “Under Pressure” given “We Are The Champions” is something he’s unlikely to say for a good few years yet despite his “One Vision” of how the game should be played.
Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard will no doubt insist “The Show Must Go On” despite now reaching the veteran stage of their careers.
Jordan Henderson just wants to “Play The Game”, Joe Cole is in danger of becoming “The Invisible Man” and Raheem Sterling’s run of games will lead him to ask his manager “Don’t Stop Me Now”.
As for Andy Carroll? He might not fancy dressing up as a Coronation Street character, but “I Want To Break Free” surely fits the bill.
Closely followed by “Another One Bites The Dust”.