Steven Gerrard

 
Steven Gerrard  
Name: Steven George Gerrard
Date of Birth: 30th May 1980
Place of Birth: Whiston, England
England Debut: 31st May 2000
Against: Ukraine
   
   
League Club: Liverpool
 
Steven Gerrard was born in Whiston in Merseyside and started his footballing career with Whiston Juniors until he caught Liverpool’s attention and joined their youth team at the age of 9.  He never made it into schoolboy football, signing his first professional contract with Liverpool in November 1997 and has remained with them throughout his entire career, now playing as their Captain.
 
He played his debut match for the first-team on 29 November 1998 when he came on as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers.  His playing style leaned towards defence but his first goal came against Sheffield Wednesday during his first season, a game they won 4 – 1.
 
In the 2000 – 2001 season he clocked up an impressive 50 starts in all competitions and his contract was extended with a new four-year deal.
 
In 2004 and 2005 Gerrard turned down two bids from Chelsea, one for a reported £20 million, preferring to stay with Liverpool instead, and after the second bid was refused he reaffirmed his position with the Reds by signing another 4 year contract.
 
Gerrard continued to score goals for the club in national and international competitions, and in April 2008 he appeared for the 300th time for Liverpool in a game against the team he started out against, Blackburn Rovers, scoring the opening goal to mark the occasion.
 
Steven Gerrard is renowned for his dead ball ability and especially for his skill from the penalty spot. His first penalty goal came for Liverpool on 30th November 2003 against Birmingham City at Anfield, a game which Liverpool won 3-1. On 16th March 2014 Steven Gerrard almost made premier league history when he had already scored two penalties in the game against Manchester United. Liverpool were then awarded a third. No-one has ever scored a penalty hat-trick in the premiership and unfortunately Steven hit the woodwork.
 
At International level, Gerrard made his debut for England on 31 May 2000 against Ukraine. He made an appearance as a substitute at Euro 2000 and scored his first goal for England during the 2002 World Cup qualifiers in the famous 5 – 1 win over Germany.
 
He went on to appear regularly at international level and was handed the Captain’s armband briefly during 2008, eventually giving that honour up to John Terry. Steven won his 75th cap in the Slovenia friendly in September 2009 and captained his country again during the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa before helping England qualify for Euro 2012.