Liverpool legend rates Gerrard higher than Chelsea pair - Is he right?

12:40 13 November 2012

Steven Gerrard (right) shakes hands with John Terry. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA wire

Steven Gerrard (right) shakes hands with John Terry. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA wire

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Graeme Souness believes Steven Gerrard has been England’s best player of the last decade.

Gerrard is set to become only the sixth player to reach 100 caps for the national team in tomorrow’s friendly against Sweden.

Former Liverpool captain Souness believes the landmark is more than deserved as he ranks the 32-year-old as the most influential player of the last 10 years.

Asked whether Gerrard was one of the best England players of his generation the former Scotland international said: “If not the best.

“I’m trying to think over the last 10 years....I’d have him as number one.

“Frank Lampard is a great midfield player and scorer of goals but I think Steven has the edge on him - then you start to compare him with strikers.

“John Terry has been a great player for England but you can’t compare a midfield player and a centre-back.

“You say best but I think the question you have to ask is ‘Biggest influence on the team’?

“I’d say that Steven Gerrard has had the biggest influence on the England team in the last 10 years.”

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