Gerrard unmoved by Honours snub
- 17 Jun 06, 05:57 PM
BADEN-BADEN - Steven Gerrard was clearly unaware of a little bit of local difficulty brewing back in his home town over Liverpool's snub in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
There is apparently a renewed outcry on Merseyside that another round of gongs have gone by without Gerrard or Liverpool being rewarded for the Champions League win against AC Milan last year.
It was a nice little talking point to put to Gerrard away from the World Cup - but rarely have I seen anyone less interested, or less upset by, a supposed snub.
"It's not important", was Gerrard's response on both occasions he was asked - and the smile and body language spoke of a man who will happily settle for his Istanbul memories rather than take a trip to the Palace.
And who can blame him?
Just as England have opened up their World Cup campaign with two wins, so have the travelling media.
A group of MPs - with Olympic rowing gold medallist James Cracknell in goal - were dispatched 4-0 in Frankfurt last week.
I was sadly unable to attend, but all reports suggest James was slightly more reliable with an oar in his hand than when a football was coming at him.
And today it was the turn of Baden-Baden's finest scribes to feel the full force of the English media's mighty power.
After racing into a three-goal lead, our heroes were pegged back but ran out 3-2 winners. And not a single excuse about the heat...take note England.
The hunt is also on for the culprit who defaced the hotel noticeboard advertising a press mountain biking trip - I can actually hear dearly-departed old reporters spinning in their graves at the very notion of taking to the saddle - on Monday.
Let's just say one or two of those who "volunteered" for the gruelling trek were, to say the least, unlikely candidates.
Me? I think I'm busy that night.
England's players have been enjoying the delights of Baden-Baden which is, and I don't want to sound like I'm enjoying myself too much here, a tranquil delight.
Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell and David James have been spotted having coffee at a local restaurant, Joe Cole was seen wheeling his niece in a pushchair while walking with his family last night, while Gary Neville also sat outside with his family for a meal.
They have remained relatively untroubled, but it should be also reported that the players have been a credit when asked for a photograph or an autograph.