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Beckham urges Gerrard to carry on

Former England captain David Beckham has urged Liverpool and England skipper Steven Gerrard to stay on as the national team leader despite the country’s failure to reach the second round in the recently concluded World Cup in Brazil.

The Liverpool legend will be pushing 36 by the time Euro 2016 hits France but is just two appearances away from breaking the all time outfield record for England currently held by Beckham with 115 appearances for the Three Lions.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid legend said that he has been there and done it all, played for England for quite a few years and captained the side as well, but it is one of the things that he misses from his long career.

David Beckham went on to add that he does miss playing football, especially for Manchester United and Real Madrid but England was always his number one passion and donning the white shirt always meant more to him than anything else. He added that that is the thing he misses the most – playing for England.

He went on to add that he hopes Gerrard continues to play for England because they endured a disappointing tournament in Brazil and it is always the captain who has to bear the brunt of the criticism for the performances.

Beckham believes Gerrard has always been a huge factor for both Liverpool and England and has been a real motivator for both of his teams, adding that he plays with a certain passion that most players lack these days. Betting on Gerrard isn't like having a bet on Norwich v Crystal Palace - a drab affair if ever there was one - but on someone who still has the fireworks and charisma to light up the stag.

David Beckham also hopes Gerrard continues to play for England because the young players coming through need an experienced head like him to develop their potential and finally get ready to take over the mantle when he does call time.