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Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain, has finally been given the England armband. And not as a stand-in or substitute captain, but as outright captain by choice of the manager.
The Liverpool central midfielder's days of bombing around the pitch, flying into tackle after tackle and powering in shots from distance, may be over. However, his influence on matches is still significant.
Roy Hodgson has employed Gerrard in a deeper holding position, where the man from Anfield is directing play and instigating counterattacks.
Against France, Gerrard was effective and efficient. Not always eye-catching, but then no England player was.
The Liverpool man linked the play from the defense to midfield. When England countered, he began the attacks but did not venture much into the opposing penalty area.
It appeared the Gerrard was under strict instructions, that his role in the French game was to nullify the French creative midfield by patrolling the area and breaking up play and distributing the ball.
His role was demonstrated perfectly with the fact that Gerrard did not register a shot at goal in the entire game.
On the night, Gerrard was solid, dependable and rarely conceded position. No Hollywood passes were on display, but his overall performance was adequately solid.
6/10: Effective and solid; and like England wanted to be, hard to beat.