Quiet and respectful but Gerrard was frightened to come down for dinner…
00:12 GMT, 14 November 2012
With Steven Gerrard set to become only the sixth England player to reach 100 caps, Sportsmail experts Jamie Redknapp and Martin Keown share their exclusive insight on the Three Lions captain.
Insight by Jamie Redknapp
The kid who was frightened to come down for dinner
With some players, you are surprised that they forge successful international careers. With Steven Gerrard, it wasn't rocket science.
I remember my dad coming to watch our 3-2 win over Everton in 1999 – it was the game in which Robbie Fowler scored twice and famously pretended to snort the touchline.
Midfield duo: Gerrard and Redknapp share a joke ahead of the 2001 FA Cup final
Steven came on and played at right back and cleared two off the line in the final minutes. He was immense and dad asked me afterwards, 'Who on earth is the right back – he's like Superman'. 'You should see him play in midfield, dad,' I replied.
It wasn't long before he was in the England squad and I remember reading recently in his book that he was scared to come out of his room when the team met up.
He wrote that I had to come and take him down to dinner. I didn't even notice that he was worried but that's just typical of what a nice person Steven is – he doesn't know how good he is and he has, like everyone, his insecurities.
Insight by Martin Keown
Angel Stevie and Michael Owen, the Devil who wears Prada
I found my first few England squads slightly lonely experiences. I found it boring just sitting in my room with nothing to do.
So when Steven Gerrard was called up for the first time, I saw it as a chance to help him a bit and make him feel welcome.
Cnetre of attention: Gerrard will make his 100th appearance for England on Wednesday night
Starting out: Former England boss Kevin Keegan presents Gerrard with his first cap in 2000
I knocked on his door and told him to come out with me and Michael Owen for the afternoon.
We headed into some of the expensive shopping streets in London and had a walk around. I remember going into Prada and Michael spending a ridiculous amount of money on all sorts of things.
He just had it sent home on his account with them! It was an eye-opener for Steven – he looked like he'd never been somewhere like that before.
It wasn't a big trip but it was my way of taking him onboard as an England team-mate. I liked Steven from the start and could see that he was going to make it big. Like me, he trained like he played and although he was quiet and respectful off the pitch, he wasn't on it. I liked those attributes.