It's been over two years since Steven Gerrard last pulled on an England shirt, in a goalless draw with Costa Rica during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but his contribution to the Three Lions should not be forgotten.
Now in a new era with a fresh crop of young and highly-rated talent, the likes of midfielders Dele Alli and Eric Dier will be looking up to players like Gerrard for inspiration.
However, Alli, in particular, has already made a sensational rise to stardom, having took to Premier League football in fine style - scoring ten league goals last season - having joined Tottenham from League One MK Dons.
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And the England midfielder, who only turned 20 earlier this year, has already collected 15 international caps and netted his second senior goal for the Three Lions against Malta on Saturday.
In fact, Alli has impressed so much since breaking onto the international scene under Roy Hodgson, that former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes he is already imposing himself on games more than Gerrard did when made his England breakthrough 16 years ago.
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Redknapp and Gerrard spent four years together at Anfield, with the Liverpudlian making his breakthrough at Anfield in the latter years of Redknapp's time on Merseyside. So, if there is any man knowledgable enough to make such a big comparison between Gerrard and Alli, it is Redknapp.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Redknapp said: "Dele Alli is the one player who you think is going to make something happen.
"Not even Steven Gerrard was displaying that kind of authority on the pitch at that age.
"Alli didn't even play as well as he can, but you can tell the other players have respect for him.
"He can be England's linchpin for many years to come. I was disappointed to see him come off."
Alli's performances for Tottenham in the Premier League have been impressive to say the least, and already cuts the figure of a man who has been playing at the highest level for many years.
Luckily for England, though, there should be many years left for England fans to enjoy Alli's performances - having become used to seeing a depleted squad with a lack of real talent in recent years.
It may be some time before Alli can officially claim to be as good as, or even better than, Gerrard. But under the guidance of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, the England youngster's development is in fine hands.
Can Dele Alli become a better England midfielder than Steven Gerrard? Give your opinion in the comment box below.
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