Kieron Dyer was used to playing alongside some pretty big names in his time with England, but he didn't hesitate when asked to name the one player who stood out as the best of the so-called 'Golden Generation'.
Dyer, who was speaking at The Three Lions pub as part of Carlsberg’s ‘Pubstitutions’ campaign, said:
“Paul Scholes. There was always the debate of who was better, Scholes, (Steven) Gerrard, (Frank) Lampard.
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Three steps ahead
“What made me laugh about Gerrard was if he wanted to be a right-winger, he’d play right wing, if he wanted to be England’s best centre-forward, he’d play centre-forward. He'd probably have played centre-back if he wanted to be the best centre-back.
"But Scholes’ football was always 3 steps ahead.”
Scholes played 66 times for the national side, but curtailed his England career relatively early which prevented him from playing at international tournaments in 2006, 2010, and 2012.
The complete midfielder
Despite that, though, he is still remembered as perhaps the most complete midfielder of his generation, even when playing alongside quality players like Gerrard and Lampard.
He may not have any international honours to show for it, but with Manchester United, he won the Premier League 11 times, in addition to 3 FA Cups and 2 Champions League trophies.
For the first time in a long time, England don’t have many ‘big names’ like that as they prepare for this summer's tournament, but that can only take the pressure off as they go into the Euros as potential dark horses.
Kieron Dyer met England fans at The Three Lions pub in Newcastle as part of Carlsberg’s ‘Pubstitutions' campaign. Carlsberg will be substituting pub names and renaming them ‘The Three Lions’ across England in the build-up to UEFA EURO 2016™. Follow @CarlsbergUK to discover how Carlsberg will be substituting the ordinary for the extraordinary for England fans in the build-up to the tournament.
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