David Beckham has lauded England captain Steven Gerrard as one of the best midfielders in the world.
The 32-year-old Liverpool star, who is set to pick up his 95th cap during the Three Lions’ final group game at Euro 2012 against Ukraine, has been a regular on the international stage since making his debut – ironically against the same team – in 2000.
Having previously played alongside Gerrard at three major tournaments, Beckham is well placed to judge where the Whiston-born star ranks alongside the games biggest names, and is in no doubt that he’s amongst the very best.
“I’ve always said he’s one of the best midfielders in the world, I’m so happy to see him as England captain,” said Beckham.
“He’s been in that team for a number of years, and to see him wear that armband, and wear it with pride and play the way he does – it doesn’t surprise me.”
Beckham, who was speaking after a recent LA Galaxy clash, made 59 of his 115 appearances for England as captain, enjoying a number of memorable moments with the armband on – including the 5-1 win against Germany in Munich and 2-2 draw against Greece at Old Trafford.
Having fallen at major championships on five occasions, the former Manchester United star knows the pain of failure on either the World Cup or European Championship stage, but Beckham thinks England have a realistic chance of going all the way in Poland and Ukraine this year.
“Looking at who is left in the competition, if we can get a good result against Ukraine, then we can push forward, and I don’t see why we can’t go all the way,” he added.
“We’ve got a great goalkeeper, a talented back four, a midfield that a lot of teams are going to be scared of.
“When you have the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Gerrard, plus Scott Parker and Danny Welbeck, it amounts to a dangerous front six. It’s more dangerous than most of the teams I’ve seen in the competition. Hopefully we can continue to play well.