Steven Gerrard is a student of the game. He took in everything that could help him become a better player. Like all the great players, he had class and he wanted to learn more and more every day and work at his game. He was the first to give his all, no matter whether it was in training or a match. He's a totally committed leader with superb technique and an exceptional amount of mental and physical energy. It was a pleasure to coach a player like that. There are three words that describe him: classy, combative, captain.
What is it about rock stars that won't make them quit while they're ahead? ... I mean, just think of some of the more hedonistic behaviour - eating bats (Ozzy Osbourne), the shark episode (Led Zepellin), urinating on the Alamo (Osbourne again) - if any of them behaved like that in a nursing home then they'd be dosed up and diagnosed with senile dementia.
Steven Gerrard announced his international retirement to a chorus of fans and experts claiming he did the right thing, but why is it left to players to make the call? After captaining England at their most disappointing World Cup, Gerrard has opted to call time on his international career, just as he was expected to do.
Tired of hearing the praise heaped upon Robin van Persie for that header against Spain? Fed up with analysis about how Manuel Neuer has perfected the art of the 'sweeper-keeper', or the inspired performances of Javier Mascherano in the 2014 World Cup? Here we assess the failures, disappointments, and downright dunces of football's showpiece in Brazil.