Gerrard ‘Humbled’

November 19, 2013 by  

Gerrard ‘Humbled’, Roy Hodgson revealed on Monday that the three most famous Englishmen to his mind were “William Shakespeare, John Lennon and Bobby Moore’’. Hodgson’s verdict lends even more lustre to the achievement of his captain, Steven Gerrard, who wins his 108th cap on Tuesday, equalling the total of the late, great Moore.

Moore’s name is never far from the lips or thoughts of the England players, staff or supporters. Gerrard and his side know that 1966 will always be the unforgiving benchmark against which they are judged.

Everyone sees the statue of Moore standing guard outside Wembley. Everyone who goes to Wembley is aware of the Moore legacy.

When The Killers appeared there in June, a huge picture of Moore appeared on the screen above the stage and the lead singer, Brandon Flowers, proclaimed him as the greatest man ever to play at Wembley. The 70,000-strong crowd went crazy. Even 47 years on, even at a music event, Moore is revered.

Hodgson’s personal acclaim for Moore was echoed by Gerrard. “I’m very proud and slightly embarrassed as well,’’ admitted Gerrard, who leads England out against Germany in the most emotive of the friendly fixtures to celebrate the Football Association’s 150th anniversary.

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