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England midfielder Steven Gerrard has sent a warning to all aspiring young footballers: learn to use your dud peg!

The Liverpool captain's message comes after an embarrassing mistake that marred his otherwise excellent performance in England's 3-1 over Belarus on Wednesday.

Gerrard, who had opened the scoring with a stunning 30-yarder on 11 minutes, was faced with a golden opportunity to add to his tallty late in the second half after skipping around the Belarussian 'keeper.

But there would be no brace for the 28-year-old, who casually dinked the ball with his favoured right foot from only a few yards out - and hit the post.

"It was a sitter. I should have used my left and rolled it in," Gerrard chuckled when speaking to the press yesterday. "I thought I’d done everything and it was a certain goal."

While the Scouse hero saw the funny side of his gaff, he also used it as a perfect example of why every young up-and-comer should learn to play with both feet.

He added: "If there were children watching, the important thing is to keep practising with your weak foot as well as your strong one and use it from time to time."

Mike Maguire

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