Peter Crouch reveals who used to be the best player in England training

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Given the talent at their disposal, England probably should have won a major tournament under Sven-Goran Eriksson during the early-to-mid 2000s.

Their so-called ‘Golden Generation’ featured some of the most talented and consistent players in Europe.

Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand - the list went on and on.

However, they never managed to advance past a quarter-final of a tournament and the aforementioned players will always regret the fact they never went further.

Most of them failed to produce their best form for their country - but one player who did often produce the goods for the Three Lions was Peter Crouch.

The 6ft 7in striker scored an impressive 22 goals in 42 games for England - giving him an average of just over a goal every other game.

Despite that, the 37-year-old’s last appearance for his country was back in 2010.

Crouch: Who the best player in England training was

Now in the winter of his career, Crouch is currently talking about his life in football after releasing a new autobiography.

And in an interview with The Anfield Wrap, the striker revealed who the best player ‘by far’ was in England training.

“I’ve been very lucky to play with the likes of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale at Tottenham - and some top players with England like David Beckham and Wayne Rooney but Gerrard, for me, I just feel like he had everything.

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“I remember playing against him when I was a kid at Spurs and he was at Liverpool in the youth team. In the first moment I saw him he smashed someone on the edge of the box, beat two men and crashed the hardest shot I've ever seen on to the crossbar. I thought... who's this fella?

“In England training he was by far the best player and that was with world-class players. He could play right-back and still be the best player. If you put all that together, for me, that’s why one of the chapters [in Crouch’s book] is dedicated to him.

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“He’s the best player I played with and I say how to be a footballer, go and follow that.”

Yep, Stevie G was always the best in England training, according to Crouch.

This might go some way to settling the Gerrard v Lampard debate - although it won’t help the Gerrard v Lampard v Crouch debate much.

Why? Well, because Crouch didn’t make his England debut until 2005 - one year after Scholes had retired from international football at the tender age of 29.

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