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England’s disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign saw them being unable to advance through the group stages and even though the blame has been put towards almost the entire squad, David Beckham has urged Steven Gerrard to continue performing for England and remaining being the captain of the team.
Beckham said: ”Obviously I have been there. I played for England for quite a few years and captained England. But it’s one of the things I miss out of my whole career. I miss playing for Manchester United, I miss playing for Real Madrid, but England’s always been my real number one passion and playing for England always meant more to me than anything else. So for me it’s the thing I miss playing for England. I think it would be great if Steven continues because it was a disappointing tournament for the whole team and the captain kind of takes the real kind of brunt of things’’
The next international tournament is the 2016 Euro’s and by that time Steven Gerrard will be 36 years old which is a very high age for a player and even more for a midfielder who has to be active and mobile throughout the entirety of a match.
Even at his elevated age, Beckham strongly believes that Gerrard has what it takes to continue being the leader that he has always been in the pitch as young players need someone to look up to and to be their mentor which according to Beckham, Gerrard can do that and play that role.
Not only has Gerrard been the captain of England for the past few years but he is an icon for Liverpool as one of the main figures in Anfield Road but his influence inside the pitch has been diminishing.
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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says that the club should be ensuring a good end to the season in such a way that they at least qualify for the Europa league next season. United will miss out on the Champions League next season after slipping to a lowly seventh place with less than four matches remaining. They have a trip to Goodison Park this weekend in what could be a hostile reception for manager David Moyes after he left the club in the summer for United. Moyes has not done too well in his first season at United.
Despite the failings, there have been several positives like the form of de Gea, who says that it is important that United should have some form of European football and he does not mind playing in Europa league for a change. It top six finish will ensure Europa league qualification, but United face tough competition for that too with the likes of Tottenham being very close to them. Despite the troubles faced by the Red Devils, de Gea says that the Champions League season this campaign has showed that the club will remain formidable nonetheless.
United managed to reach the quarter-finals of the competition in which they put up a good show against the reigning champions Bayern Munich.
“There are still plenty of important games to play. We are Manchester United and it’s our duty to win every game we take part in. That’s what we’ll try to do now because we want to finish as high as we can in the league, ensure we’re playing in a European competition next season and show we are still around and that we will never give in. The Bayern defeat was tough for us to take. But of course we have to keep going,” said the goalkeeper.
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