Monday, June 4, 2007


Brazil midfielder Gilberto Silva has sprung to the defence of the pairing of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield for England and insists they are a good partnership.

The Arsenal star is a huge admirer of Gerrard and said he and Lampard showed during Friday's 1-1 draw with Brazil that they be effective together in central midfield. "They are both great players - especially Steven Gerrard," enthused Gilberto. "He is almost the complete player, he goes forward well, defends well, passes the ball and makes it very difficult. "It is down to both of them to adjust and when one goes forward the other one stays back and that's what they did against us. "People need to believe in them rather than criticise and say they cannot play together. They need to lift them and boost their confidence. They showed they can play together. They made it hard for us."

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