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Boniek: England midfielder Gerrard a shadow of Liverpool version

Polish legend Zibi Boniek feels Steven Gerrard, when wearing an England shirt, is not a patch on the version that captains Liverpool.

Boniek used the ­Liverpool skipper as the prime example of how playing for the national team appears to undermine the greatest club heroes.

Boniek - who played for Juventus and won 80 caps for ­Poland - told the Mirror: "I see Gerrard play for Liverpool and he is magnificent. He has power and he is one tough guy.

"But in the national team, there isn't even a shadow. And it is not just him. It happens to other players as well. They must be able to handle pressure if they are to succeed in the finals."

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