Three of England’s greatest midfielders, the age-old question is who was the best, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard or Paul Scholes?
Michael Owen had the privilege of playing both with and against all three of the midfield maestros.
In the England setup, they were all teammates. During his time at Liverpool, he saw Gerrard up close, and likewise at United with Scholes.
Speaking to another old teammate Jamie Carragher on the podcast The Greatest Game, Owen has an outright winner, but it is a close call as they all have such strong cases.
“If you watch Scholesy in training, your tongue is hanging out.”
“He can give you the eyes, you can think he’s heading it that way and he’ll almost do a reverse spinner off the other side of his head.”
“Scholesy can drop a ball on a sixpence, just total and utter genius.”
Scholes had one weakness though as far as the former Liverpool striker was concerned, and this is where Stevie G came into his own.
“There’s that and there are the actual practicalities of playing on a big pitch where you need size, strength, substance, running ability, all these things.”
“If you play one v one, you against you, Stevie against any of the names that you’ve played, I think he would eat them for dinner.”
“Someone like Scholesy obviously had different attributes.”
“I mean, unbelievable the way he changed his game from being a bombing midfielder scoring to a quarterback. Total genius.”
He didn’t have much to say about Lampard, but Gerrard was the one for him.
“Frank Lampard, who can question his goalscoring and how he got every ounce out of his ability.”
“But to me, Stevie’s on a different level than anything I’ve seen or played with.”
“I’d have Steven Gerrard as my first pick out of anyone.”
The great debate rolls on.
Here is an interesting set of numbers.
What is your pick, let us know, Gerrard, Lampard, or Scholes?