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Is Steven Gerrard’s injury real?

“Injured” Stevie G summoned to headmaster Capello’s office


“I told you our plan would work… Fergie does it all the time!”

Steven Gerrard played the full 90 minutes for Liverpool against Bolton on Saturday, with no knock apparent. Now his club’s medical department claims Gerrard tore a leg muscle in the 2-0 win, and so he can’t play for England against Germany in Wednesday’s friendly.

Hmm, convenient, isn’t it? We’re in no position to accuse Liverpool of deceit, but forgive us for being a tad sceptical. We’re not the only ones – Fabio Capello has summoned Gerrard to England’s camp, to be quizzed further about the injury. Pull down his shorts and give him the slipper, Fabio.

When it comes to England friendles, how many times have we seen late withdrawals by big-four stars, only for the same players to then appear for their clubs the following weekend? Every time England play a friendly, is the depressing answer.

We accept that club managers are desperate to keep their best players fresh, and also that international friendlies are just about the most pointless things in football, but how about a bit of old-fashioned honesty for once.

Do you think Stevie G’s injury is real or as fake as Victoria Beckham’s chest? Vote below:

1 response so far
  • AnthonyOA // November 17, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    the england shirt means nothing to england players any more. it’s no all for personal gain. i bet they’d play if there were millions at stake. right? right.

    give the under 21 players a shot. if they play well they should play them ahead of those old stalwarts that seem to desert England when they feel a niggle.

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