Carragher thinks Lampard is better than Scholes…
Recently retired Liverpool defender turned football pundit Jamie Carragher reckons Frank Lampard is behind Steven Gerrard, but ahead of Paul Scholes in terms of great English midfielders, he wrote in his Daily Mail column.
Lampard recently won his 100th England cap, and has won multiple League titles and a Champions League title for Chelsea. Scholes though also won multiple titles as a player, but was somewhat underused for England in the latter stages of his career. winning only 66 caps, which is not a lot for a player of such talent.
Gerrard, has more England caps than the pair of them, but has never managed to secure a league title with the Liverpool side he’s captained so brilliantly for the past decade.
Carragher thinks his old teammate is the best of the lot – and few would argue with the footballer who’s played more games with Gerrard than any other.
Carragher does praise Lampard highly though, appreciating how hard the midfielder has worked to reach the pinnacle of the game. Where it perhaps came more naturally to Gerrard and Scholes, Lampard has put the effort in, but now has the medals and recognition to show for it.
Here’s some extracts from the controversial column:
I have always said Steven Gerrard was born world class, whereas Frank became world class. That is not a slight. It should serve as an inspiration. He has had to contend with some knocks down the years but he kept bettering himself. His mental strength is one of his greatest assets.
Frank has a catalogue of golden moments and, for that reason, I have him behind Steven but ahead of Paul Scholes in my list of the Premier League’s top three English midfielders.
I know Barcelona’s Xavi described Scholes as the best midfielder of the last 20 years but Frank has influenced more big games — his goals clinched Chelsea’s first title in 2005, he has won them an FA Cup final and scored in a Champions League final.
He has also played more and scored more for England, and his tally of 166 Premier League goals — the highest by a midfielder — outstrips the 107 Scholes scored.