I have often said that it's no coincidence that the two best major tournament performances from England teams (before last year) were Italia 90 when Gascoigne was at his peak, and Euro 96 when he enjoyed his last period of good form. Because he is the one player England have had who can make the difference in the final third from central areas. He can make a pass, or see something, or do something that the opposition won't anticipate. In my opinion, that's why the 'golden generation' failed because they didn't have a player who could do that. All sorts of reasons and explanations have been sought, but the simple reality is that football matched can't be won by putting eleven quality players on the field, and adding up their stats and qualities like Top Trumps. We've got Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Beckham and Rooney, so we win. Fine, but other teams just sat back, soaked up their crosses, and then played around them. In that respect, I would never call Beckham a great player because what he did on the field of play was entirely predictable, albeit he did it at a very high level.