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Gerrard: The Engine
Around the Academy:

What's so special about Gerrard?
If you hear anybody talk about this player you'll think they're a doctor or a car mechanic.

Yep, England midfielder Steven Gerrard will be often referred to as the 'heart' of a team, making it tick.

Or he'll have an 'unbelievable engine', that of a Rolls Royce perhaps.

You see, this boy can run. And more importantly, he could run all day.

Playing in the centre, watch him get the ball and surge forward, bringing in other players with his range of short and long passes.

And this Gerrard force will still be driving itself from every corner of the pitch for the full 90 minutes.

Steven Gerrard is one of England's top midfielders
Look into these eyes: Born to win

To have this power and fitness, particularly towards the end of games when others are tiring, could be crucial to England's success.

They have actually yet to lose in a competitive match in which Gerrard has played.

And like all great players, he's good in all departments of his game.

Even Zinedine Zidane rates him. He reckons Gerrard "could become one of the top midfield players in Europe".

Praise indeed.

The Liverpool star can tackle, he can create and is also a great goal scorer.

One of his finest England moments was his stunning 25-yard opening goal in the 5-1 pounding of Germany three years ago.

Is there anything this boy can't do on the football park?

Gerrard's motor clocked up a few more miles in Portugal and seemed to pass the test.


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What's a Euro Star?
Becks: Pass Master
Henry: Speed King
Gerrard: Engine
Zidane: Le God
Nedved: Cannon
Ruud: Powerhouse

Steven Gerarrd facts
Born: 30 May 1980
Birthplace: Whiston
Height: 6ft
Weight: 13st
Clubs: Liverpool
England caps: 22
England goals: 3

Did you know?
Steven has been at Liverpool since playing for their Youth Academy


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