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Liverpool’s Gerrard, England’s Sammer???….

This week Chris Waddle suggested that Steven Gerrard could convert to a modern day sweeper and drop into Roy Hodgson’s back four to be the ball playing defender that England seem to be missing.
Is the suggestion that the Liverpool skipper could slide in alongside Cahill, Lescott or Jagielka that absurd?, or could he become England’s Beckenbauer or Sammer and help school the likes of Caulker, Jones and Smalling in the art of handling international footballs pressures?.
People will remember Hoddle dropped back from central midfield to sweeper later in his career with good effect as he had a gift in possession and an ability to read the game, the dinosaurs at the FA then would never approve such a forward thinking move but under Hodgson who knows?.
I think we would all agree the Stevie G’s legs are not what they once were and the once phenomenal engine that motioned Liverpool to Champions League success may be starting to slow but arguably the best English midfielder of his generation can read a game with the best of them, intercept a pass, head a ball and is a natural leader in what could become a young and inexperienced back four with Terry, Ferdinand and potentially Cole all out the picture.
The days of bullish centre half’s with broken noses has gone as in most games your 2nd or 3rd tackle could see you dismissed and when you look at Barca playing Mascherano at centre back why couldn’t Gerrard do it for England, his first touch and his range of passing could be a fantastic catalyst for Hodgson to build his England attacks from defensive positions.
No one is suggesting that this happens overnight or it would work against every type of opposition but why can’t Hodgson try this at St George’s Park in training and see how this works with his current squad.
Gerrard intercepting a pass and being able to kick start an attack with the pacey Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott or the skilful Cleverley sounds potentially fantastic and why write off a player with 98 England caps and some major tournament experience when a change in role could prolong his international career for years.

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