Football FanCastcolumnist Rob Facey wonders whether Steven Gerrard is the best footballer of his generation.
Steven Gerrard has been hailed as a Total Footballer after his imperious run of form of late, culminating in an inspired performance at Wembley on Saturday.
The Guardian has written of Gerrard that the Liverpool captain has evolved into a true world great in the way he carries himself on the pitch.
In recent weeks he has been hailed as the greatest player in the world with praise coming from everyone from Jimmy Greaves to Zinedine Zidane. He is now the favourite to scoop the player of the year award and with Liverpool keeping the pressure on Man United, 2008/09 could be his best season yet.
Is there anyone better than Gerrard in the world at the moment? His powerful drive and ability to change a game is something that English football has been missing for a long time. He is truly one of a kind and undoubtedly the best all-rounder of his generation.
In recent weeks Gerrard has inspired Liverpool as they brushed aside European giants Real Madrid and world champions Manchester United in the Premier League.
He started Saturday's game on the left wing to much grumbling from the England fans. However, this soon evolved into an all outattack where he
He set up Emile Heskey's opener from his starting position on the left, crossing the ball when a lesser player wouldn't have stretched to keep it in play.
Later in the game, after Heskey, Cole and Crouch all limped off injured, Michael Carrick was brought on with 30 minutes remaining and England started to resemble Liverpool; with Gerrard supporting Rooney in attack.
It was here that England steam rollered Slovakia, doubling their lead to 4 and giving the visitors no hope.
Such was Gerrard's influence that you would have been forgiven for not knowing Frank Lampard was playing until he popped up with agoal.
With 71 caps already in the bag, it does not seem that unlikely that he will one day surpass the record just achieved by David Beckham undoubtedly making him a true England great.
Despite winning the FA Cup and the Champions League, but has failed to win with an underachieving England squad.
However, assuming that he is given more freedom on the pitch for England, there is more of a chance that he will one day be victorious with the Three Lions.
Once seen as a wild, indisciplined beast, Gerrard's powerplays can now not be tamed, and nor should they be. If played correctly, he can be unstoppable.
Is Steven Gerrard truly a Total Footballer?