Gerrard set for milestone cap
England captain Steven Gerrard has spoken of his anticipation about winning his 100th international Cap.
The Liverpudlian will be only the sixth player to reach a century of appearances for England, and has admitted that Wednesday’s game against Sweden will have an extra sense of importance to him.
“I’m excited, “I’m slightly nervous, which I haven’t been for quite a while in an England shirt, maybe because there is a bit more attention on me getting to the milestone.
“It’s very exciting and I can’t wait for the game to start. I try to be the driving force, try and make things happen on the pitch, get assists, get goals and try to lead by example for the rest of the team to follow.”
The 32 year old has also played down suggestions that his personal achievements take precedence over the team’s. The Liverpool man could feasibly beat David Beckham’s record of 115 England Caps for an outfield player, but he claims to be more focused on qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
More to come
“My England journey has been full of ups and downs, probably the same as a lot of other England players, but I feel like there’s a few more chapters to write as well.
“I don’t feel as if I am coming to the end. I’m really happy where I am at the moment and really happy with my form in an England shirt. I’m certainly looking forward to helping this team qualify for the World Cup.
“David’s a hero of mine and he was certainly someone who I looked up to. I enjoyed a lot of my England caps playing alongside him and it’s not really very important to me whether I beat David’s record or not. My main focus is to get this team to qualify for the next big tournament.”