Steven Gerrard slams ex-England bosses Eriksson, McClaren, Capello, Hodgson, Keegan

Steven Gerrard slams ex-England bosses Eriksson, McClaren, Capello, Hodgson, Keegan

- Steven Gerrard has lashed out at former England managers he played under

- The Liverpool legend claims his generation was underutilized with the wrong set of managers hired

- Gerrard won 114 caps for England and became the fourth most capped player in their history

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Steven Gerrard has spoken against past England managers for failing to utilize his generation who underachieved.

The Liverpool legend played in six tournaments for the Three Lions including three World Cups and three European championships.

Gerrards's generation boasted of the likes David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes.

Steven Gerrard slams ex-England bosses Eriksson, McClaren, Capello, Hodgson, Keegan
Steven Gerrard slams ex-England bosses Eriksson, McClaren, Capello, Hodgson, Keegan. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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But they never progressed beyond the quarter-finals of any of the six tournaments they participated in.

The Euro 2008 qualifiers led by Steve McClaren was a disaster for the English side that missed out on the last matchday.

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Gerrard who currently manages Scottish top club Rangers played under five different managers including Kevin Keegan, Sven-Goran Eriksson, McClaren, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson.

And the former LA Galaxy star criticised the English FA for a string of bad appointments claiming the managers were not good enough.

He told Match of the Day Top Ten: "Looking back, we needed a manager who was bigger than all of those individual players.

"There was managers available at the time, for example Rafa Benitez, but he might not wanted to have been an international manager at that time.

"I look at managers now that are bigger than the team; Klopp, Mourinho and Guardiola.

"I think someone like that who was above the golden generation who was prepared to make the tough decisions would have got more out of that group of players, in my opinion."

England were knocked out of the group stages in Euro 2000 and the 2014 World Cup and crashed out in the quarters in four tournaments and the last 16 at Euro 2016.

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Gerrard who won 114 caps for England and is fourth in the all-time list admits he looks back on his time playing for the national team with much regret.

He added: "I look back on England with a lot of regrets.

"I see the picture of that team and we had some fantastic groups of players over the years.

"We came close at times but there's no getting away from it, under-performed."

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard once tore his private part during a match so terrible that the club’s doctor Andrew Massey was left mentally scared.

Massey who has now been promoted as the Fifa head doc in March explained that the incident left him traumatised as the player groaned in pains and needed stitches.

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Andrew Massey was new to the role of the Reds’ team doctor – and the experience left him traumatised as Stevie’s was the first private part he sewed back together.

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