The international retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard finally put to bed the age-old debate over where and how they could fit into the same England side. It’s a surprise neither one got in the other’s way as they hung up their England caps for good.
Yet while the national team has seen the back of them, the Premier League still plays host to these two pillars of English football. This weekend saw both enjoy completely contrasting fortunes. Steven Gerrard played his third 90-minute match of the week and endured his worst performance of the season, anonymous and overrun as Liverpool capitulated at West Ham.
Lampard, by contrast, hooked for an underwhelming 45 minutes against Arsenal last week, scored a dramatic equaliser for new employers Manchester City against his old club Chelsea on Sunday, seven minutes after entering the fray.