Steven Gerrard: My Golden Generation FAILED to deliver for England.


The ex-captain played for his country alongside David Beckham, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes.


Steven Gerrard has admitted that England’s Golden ­Generation failed to deliver on its talent.

The former Three Lions captain was part of an era that included David Beckham, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand.

But after Euro 96 England never went further than the quarter-finals of either the World Cup or European Championships.

Gerrard, who won 114 caps for his country, said: “There is a frustration when I look back on my England career.

“I look at some of those penalty shoot-outs we lost and see how close we got to progressing to certain semi-finals – and then from there you never know what would have happened.

"I have got no excuses because the stage was there to go and do it. But unfortunately we just fell a bit short.

“I certainly don’t regret playing for England or turning up and giving it a go because I loved every minute of it. But there is a sense of frustration – we had opportunities to do much better.”

Gerrard, who retired from ­international football after last summer’s World Cup, insists that the future is bright for England.

He believes that Roy Hodgson’s men – including the likes of Raheem Sterling - will have nothing to fear at Euro 2016.

Gerrard said: “England will surprise a few in France.

“I know you have heard it all before, but I look at the other teams going into that tournament and not many of them scare me that much.

“I just think that somewhere down the line England will get that bit of luck where they will get through a quarter-final. So fingers crossed for them, I hope they will do well."

Source: Daily Mirror


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