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'Scholes, Lampard and Gerrard were special'

5 May 2021
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PL Hall of Fame inductees Shearer and Henry praise talents of midfield trio, who are all nominees to join them

Inaugural inductees Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry have explained why the "special" trio of Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard would be deserving of places alongside them in the Premier League Hall of Fame.

Scholes, Lampard and Gerrard are among 23 nominees eligible to join the Hall of Fame this year, with fans invited to cast their vote and help select the remaining six inductees.

"[Lampard] was a scorer of spectacular goals, but he was also, for a midfielder, a great goalscorer, which you don't often see," says Shearer.

"The number of great goals that Paul Scholes scored, and Steven Gerrard. They were all very different, but all very special."

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For Henry, what made the English trio so remarkable was how much they loved their respective clubs.

"They were football players who could do everything," says Henry. "The amount of important goals they scored is crazy.

"But for me it's what they transmit to the fans. When you see Stevie G scoring a goal, or Paul Scholes or Frank Lampard, that desire they had in their eyes when they score that goal, it meant everything for them and for the club they played for.

"It's something I don't see often now. They loved their club and you could see it when they were playing."

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