England have been blessed with some sensational midfield talent for well over the past decade, so when Steven Gerrard announced his retirement on Thursday it obviously sparked some debate.
Long have Liverpool and Chelsea fans been hotly debating who is better: Gerrard or Frank Lampard.
However, over the past ten years or so, there is another midfield gem that is also a part of that list, in Paul Scholes.
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The Manchester United legend enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Old Trafford, winning an eye-watering 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
And Lampard, too, enjoyed a career rich in silverware, but not even the former Chelsea star could come anywhere close to Scholes' league tally - with three Premier League crowns to the former United star's 13 - while also lifting the FA Cup and League Cup four and two times respectively, and the Champions League in 2012.
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But while Gerrard can boast having also won the Champions League, on that famous night in Istanbul in 2005, the 36-year-old came agonisingly lose, on a couple of occasions, to winning the Premier League, only to fall short and never achieve his ultimate target.
Gerrard's one regret
It is no doubt something that will haunt the Liverpool legend for years to come, but silverware doesn't define an individual. For many years the Reds captain was forced to play amongst many average players, but still managed to excel himself.
Gerrard's lethal goalscoring ability, hard tackling, strength, passing ability and leadership skills were admirable, and the best players on the planet - both past and present - have congratulated the former midfielder on an incredible career.
Scholes spent 21 years at United, achieving all there was to achieve under the great Sir Alex Ferguson, and it was the Scot who made the England international become one of the best midfielders on the planet.
But although he could never achieve anything of note on the international stage with England, the Red Devils seemed to dismiss any doubts when quizzed who was better: Scholes or Gerrard?
Scholes in no doubt
Having been asked by former Liverpool and United striker Michael Owen who he thought was better, Scholes dismissed any debate over the answer, responding: "No question is it?"
See the video below for Scholes' reaction.
While United fans will likely agree with his suggestion that he felt he was far superior, there will no doubt be plenty of fans on the red side of Merseyside disputing Scholes' reaction.
The former Red Devils midfielder has all the silverware to back up his status as arguably the best English midfielder of recent decades, but no one can doubt that both Gerrard and Lampard also deserve to be considered in the same breath as the 42-year-old.
Regardless of opinion, Gerrard was a special, talented and unique individual, for which Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy are truly grateful.
Who was more important for England: Steven Gerrard or Paul Scholes? Give your opinion in the comment box below.
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