Gerrard is part of the reason that England had 30-40% possesion in each of the 4 games. He just can't play in the middle of the park. He just can't dictate the game. It's funny because a 33 year old Pirlo showed Gerrard how you dictate a game from midfield so it's nothing to do with losing his legs. He just doesn't have that intelligence.
Aquilani can do this for us more than Gerrard can. Gerrard needs to play off the striker or we need to think about the future and start phasing him out like we have done other older players liek Dirk and Maxi.
To be fair the England team was absolutely shocking... apart from the defense;
Scott Parker is the most overrated player on the planet... even if you told me that Ngog was better than Messi, you still would not be overating him as much as Parker is
Ashley Young just constantly gave the ball away as did Rooney who was abject... he should have netted 4 or 5
Wellbeck scored one fine goal and little else, Carroll won flick-on's to no-one as everyone stayed back
In fact England's best midfielder (apart from Gerrard) was Milner who was solid defensively, but offered little going forward... and he was totally out shone by Johnson!
So while Pirlo has good players to pass to and plenty of time on the ball, Gerrard had absolute dross to pass to, who then excelled in giving the ball to the Italians