Redknapp Would Put Gerrard Ahead Of Beckham
Former England international David Beckham is regarded as one of the finest players to have represented the national team in the last few decades. The former Manchester United star holds the record for the most number of appearances made by an outfield player. He has also represented in several major tournaments including World Cups and European championships. The 38-year-old, who has retired from all forms of football, made 115 appearances for the England national team in a career spanning 13 years. He has also represented some of the biggest clubs in the world like Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Manchester United.
Despite this, former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp says that he would put Steven Gerrard ahead of the stars like Paul Scholes and Beckham as a top player. His comments appear to be an indirect dig at former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who stated in his autobiography that he did not consider Gerrard to be a ‘top, top player’.
Redknapp’s comments come on the day Gerrard announced his retirement from international football. Gerrard goes out after having made 114 appearances – just one short of Beckham’s record.
The Liverpool midfielder went to the World Cup as captain of the England national team, but he was disappointed to see the team suffer an exit at the group stages.
"For me, he's been the best midfield player that England have produced in the last 20 years. I think I would include Paul Scholes and David Beckham in that. I think he surpasses them. In terms of talent and having played with him, and I've watched him for many years now, he is one of the best players I've seen. The difficulty now is how do you feel that void? Who will be the next England captain?" said Redknapp, who is a pundit for Sky Sports.