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One legend to another: Butcher tribute to Liverpool captain Gerrard

England legend Terry Butcher is delighted for Steven Gerrard over his successful Liverpool testimonial yesterday.

The Inverness Caley manager wrote in the Sunday Mirror: "He is the last star left of the so-called 'Golden ­Generation' of the mid-'Noughties' that ­included David Beckham, the ­Nevilles, Paul Scholes and Michael Owen, who is still playing at the highest level. He has given me ­immense pleasure and pride with his displays for England and single-­handedly dragged his country out of the ­post-Steve McClaren ­doldrums with some ­spectacular performances as the new captain.

"Steven George Gerrard, MBE, is one of those ­rarities in football; a one club man who has spurned the desire to move away from his ­beloved team and family area, choosing to start and end his ­career at ­Liverpool.

"Yesterday was his testimonial match against ­Olympiacos , which rewarded 15 years of loyal service.

"The caring, family side of his character was also in evidence again with all proceeds going to the Steven Gerrard charitable foundation.

"Indeed, Gerrard has been at Anfield a lot ­longer as he was signed as a schoolboy at just nine years of age.

"There won't be another Gerrard - modern football is a nomadic and transient business these days - as the likes of Ryan Giggs, John Terry and Tony Adams, along with past Liverpool legends Jamie Carragher, ­Ronnie Moran and Bob Paisley, are a disappearing breed of men giving everything to just one club."

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