Steven Gerrard has admitted he is glad fellow England midfielder Frank Lampard did not jump at lucrative and enticing chance to play in sunny Los Angeles, and instead decided to re-sign with Chelsea.
There was plenty of speculation in the offseason as to where Super Frank would go, with MLS outfit LA Galaxy looking to replace departed star David Beckham; in the end Lampard chose to remain with Chelsea, signing a one-year contract extension.
Gerrard believes Lampard’s decision was the right one, as it will enable him to stay in the England squad.
The Liverpool legend said: "Of course he made the right choice. He was too good for LA Galaxy in my opinion, for me he still had a lot to offer in the Premier League and certainly for England.”
Lampard and Gerrard have played together 57 times to date for England, and have never really quelled naysayers who believe the England legends play too similarly to one another to be effective.
Whether or not the pair should or should not play together will forever be a sticking point for England supporters.
If they continue to play in unison as they did against Moldova Friday, the answer will be simple- yes, they can.
At the moment, "Lamps" and "Stevie G" are pairing well, and, barring a slip-up in Ukraine, will have England on their way to another World Cup.
In addition, both have fairly decent scoring records, Gerrard with 105 caps and 20 goals, Lampard with 99 and 29.
Stats aside, the lack of trophies from England’s ‘Golden Generation’ will always open the debate if they play together.
Back to the present, the spotlight will certainly be shining on Chelsea’s number 8 in Kiev, and there will be none more pleased with the achievement than his old pal, Steven Gerrard.