Sunday 28 December 2014

Scholes: Steven Gerrard’s England career has been a failure

Published 03/08/2014 | 11:21

Paul Scholes has described Steven Gerrard's international career as a 'failure'
Paul Scholes has described Steven Gerrard's international career as a 'failure'

Paul Scholes has delivered a damning assessment of Steven Gerrard’s international career and says the Liverpool player will ultimately reflect on his time in an England jersey as a “failure”.

Gerrard announced his international retirement following England’s disappointing World Cup campaign after making 114 appearances in a career spanning 14 years.

Gerrard, who captained England in Brazil, said he “agonised” over the decision but felt it was the correct decision to prolong his club career.

In The Sun on Sunday, his former England colleague Scholes said that the 34 year-old will not look back kindly on his England career, like many more before him.

"I’m sure like the rest of us who have played over the last 20 or 30 years, he won’t be proud of his England career,” Scholes said.

"He might be — but when you think of an England career, you want to have achieved stuff at major tournaments. And we’ve failed to do that.

"For 30 years, we’ve not been good enough, apart from Euro 96 and maybe Italia 90. Apart from that, we’ve failed."

The former Manchester United star added that there is no obvious choice for a replacement as England captain now that Gerrard has retired from the international game.

"There’s no outstanding candidate to take over," he said, adding that, "maybe Wayne Rooney could do the job."

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