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Steven Gerrard has pulled out of England’s friendly against Germany this Wednesday. The Liverpool captain has cited “a torn leg muscle” that will keep him out for between seven and ten days. 

 

The withdrawal should come as no surprise. Gerrard is particularly prone to injuries on the eve of an international break. In September he missed England’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Croatia, opting to have surgery during the window. 

 

Anyone who claimed the midfielder should have been made England captain will surely now see the error of their ways. Such disdain for the international setup is why Fabio Capello saw John Terry and Rio Ferdinand as the only two viable candidates. 

 

Any defense stating that he would have been more committed had he been installed as captain is a self-defeating fallacy. Someone who gives 100% only when things are going their way is not the right man to lead his country. 

 

It is clear where Gerard’s priorities lie; although with Rafa Benitez constantly bemoaning the international schedule, and Jamie Carragher’s revelations, the Liverpool skipper’s decision is likely to have been heavily influenced by the Anfield dressing room. 

 

This season is Liverpool’s best shot at a Premier League title and Gerrard has forgone his international commitments in order to save himself for his club. The injury’s prognosis is seven to ten days on the sidelines, but expect the Liverpool captain to be in the starting eleven to face Fulham in six days time.       

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