Well, it's true the cup is in the cabinet so it is hard to remember what actually happened, but the first half of that game is a good example of Stevies shortcomings. His leadership was non existent as his team was being torn to pieces, mainly from one man. Stevie did nothing to stem the flood, in fact, he went missing.
I never suggested that his spells of going into himself was match long. The first goal...
The second half showed the other side of his game and he ran himself into the ground and the team got lucky in the shoot out. Good individual performance by him, but not one of a captain, unless you think the occasional "Roy of the Rovers " show he sometimes brings is enough?
Good article by Damian Kavanagh
Same ground, same opponents and we were to wear red again. I took my lucky scarf. No need for superstition though; it was gonna be the same outcome...
Just as well for his sake that they won that final by penalties, otherwise there would be more here asking questions about his real leadership qualities.
Good player, brilliant player at times at club level, but would need to get the consistency of someone like Carra to make a decent international captain and he has never, ever, done that for England. I doubt he ever will.
And of course, he is introspective and a touch morose, or hadn't you noticed?