Originally Posted by Peters
He was nowhere near to being 'thoroughly outplayed'. He was excellent in the first half.
If anything, Gerrard was better overall I thought. Lampard was missing in the final 20 minutes and kept giving the ball away for the first 5 minutes in the 2nd half. Sure he had a good finish for his goal, but I find your analysis bizarre.
When you play the midfield that England did, with Gerrard, Wilshere and Cleverley in the first half, there is usually one of the three who doesn't quite play as well as the other two. In the first half that was Cleverley, the second it was Gerrard. The reason the reports and player ratings give for this was that Lampard disrupted it.
That's the way it's always been, if Gerrard plays well and Lampard doesn't, it's because Stevie G is the superior player. If Lampard plays well and Gerrard doesn't? It's Lampards fault! England are pretty inconsistent, but the only thing you can truly rely on coming out of an England game is that will be part of the post match analysis.