Early Doors

Revealed: Steven Gerrard’s top secret new nickname

Early Doors

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Steven Gerrard is an English hero and captain extraordinaire, that we will be told repeatedly prior to England's premature exit at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Besides being the Liverpool and England captain, Gerrard is also the big crush of a very famous Hollywood actress.

Fittingly, he now has a new nickname, as was revealed by his club and country team-mate Daniel Sturridge.

Not so top secret after all, then. And what is it, then? Bond, James Bond.

"That's what I call Steve Gerrard," said Sturridge. And why, exactly?

"He doesn't like it, but I call him that because he can do everything.

"On a day-to-day basis in training, you have to see it to believe what he can do with a football."

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Sturridge went on to talk about the prospect of holding aloft the World Cup trophy, which is currently on a world tour of 90 countries.

"I just wanted to grab it, but FIFA only let you touch the World Cup if you've won it and I didn't want to get locked up," he said.

"It was strange because you see the World Cup as a kid and you dream about winning it – and you always imagine what it would be like to win it and touch it.

"But there was a time, only a couple of years ago, when I was scared I would be lost to the game. I had fallen out of love with ­football when I could not get in the team at Chelsea.

"To stand so close to the World Cup, in the hope I will be playing for it this summer, made me appreciate the journey I’ve been on."

The World Cup trophy may be on its own little Bond-esque adventure, but in Gerrard England has the hero that Sturridge believes can inspire the team to glory.

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