Steven Gerrard will join England's centenary club this week by earning his 100th international cap when England take on Sweden. It's a fantastic achievement, but at the same time highlights how much his talent has been wasted by the national team.
When a player reaches a landmark like this, it's customary to look back on the highlights from their career. In Gerrard's case, they have been few and far between, despite his obvious ability and endeavour.
David Beckham leads the way for outfield players when it comes to Three Lions appearances, yet Beckham was handed the captaincy and idolised for his role with the national side in his prime. Gerrard, by contrast, has experienced little of the same adulation.
It wasn't until the 2010 World Cup that Gerrard - an inspirational skipper for Liverpool and a man respected by all of his fellow players - was allowed to captain his team at a major tournament - and that was only because John Terry couldn't keep his man-muscle under control.
Gerrard began that tournament in his preferred central midfield role, scoring after just four minutes to give England the lead against USA. A dreadful Rob Green error eventually gifted the States a point, but Capello scored a huge own goal by shifting Gerrard into a wide position for England's remaining matches.
Unsurprisingly, Lampard and Barry were completely outrun against Germany having failed to unlock Algeria and struggled to victory over Slovenia.
In 2006, the summer after Gerrard scored 26 goals in one season for Liverpool and almost single-handedly clinched the FA Cup for them, he played the entire World Cup for England in a central midfield role. Naturally, England enjoyed a much more successful tournament with Gerrard finishing as Three Lions' top scorer.
It was only Wayne Rooney's hot-headed stupidity that prevented them from overcoming Portugal in the quarter-final, as he stamped on Ricardo Carvalho near the centre cirle. England's captain on that occasion, tasked with keeping Rooney under control? David Beckham, the man who did exactly the same thing at the 1998 World Cup.
In fact, Beckham was already England's captain at Euro 2004, where the Three Lions' participation had also ended in penalty shoot-out heartache, again against the Portuguese. Becks was particularly disappointing on that occasion, while Gerrard was hastily shifted to a wide position after just 57 minutes.
Ahead of Euro 2012, Roy Hodgson became the first manager to make Gerrard his number one choice as England captain and the Liverpool legend responded with three brilliant assists in the group stages. Gerrard's set piece delivery was excellent throughout and he was England's standout performer throughout the tournament.
Predictably though, England bowed out again at the quarter-final stage when Gerrard, Parker and most of England's players looked exhausted after 120 minutes of action.
But why did we have to wait until Steven Gerrard, England's most talented midfielder in the past decade, turned 32 - and was slightly past his best - to finally pay him the respect his qualities deserved much, much earlier?
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