Steven Gerrard has spoken of his pride at the prospect of matching Bobby Moore’s 108 England caps when he captains his country against Germany tomorrow night.
Moore – who captained England’s 1966 World Cup winning side – currently sits in third place on the all-time list of most capped players, but with Gerrard in no danger of losing his place in the national side the pair will no doubt only share third place for a short amount of time.
Whilst his pride was clear, the midfielder was keen to focus on the job in hand though.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference he said: “I’m very proud and slightly embarrassed as well – you are talking about a World Cup winner and an iconic figure, someone who was a hero to everyone in the country.
I’m really humbled and flattered to get to 108 caps alongside Bobby Moore. To equal his record is a fantastic achievement; my family and I are very proud.
“But, for me, the important thing is to try to get the right result against Germany. Then I can look back on it with fond memories.”
With 28,000 England tickets having been sold there is no doubt that World Cup fever has landed, and England fans will be hoping a solid performance against their old nemesis will stand them in good stead for next summer’s tournament.
The last time the two clubs met was in the 2010 World Cup finals, with Germany winning 4-1 to send the Three Lions crashing out. The game will be remembered for a disallowed Frank Lampard goal that replays showed had clearly crossed the line.
Gerrard was insistent that revenge isn’t on the agenda though.
“Every time you play against Germany you want to win the game.” He added.
“I don’t think tomorrow is about revenge, or trying to put right what went wrong.
“We want to win the game, keep trying to improve and try to build on the recent performances against Montenegro and Poland.”
Gerrard will be joined tomorrow by team-mate Daniel Sturridge, who has recovered from a foot problem in time to start in the Wembley clash. There is no place in the starting XI for Glen Johnson or Jordan Henderson, but the pair should feel pretty confident they have done enough to book their tickets for the World Cup in Brazil. They have been a part of successive England squads and would both appear to be in Roy Hodgson’s plans.
Whilst the four Reds featured in the current England squad should all be included when Hodgson announces the 23 players he will be taking to South America, it would appear to be too late for any more of Liverpool’s homegrown players to join them on the plane – with only a handful of friendlies left before the England manager makes his selection.
Raheem Sterling had previously looked like he might have been knocking at the door but has since faded out of contention, whilst Martin Kelly’s recent return from injury means he’s not even getting a look-in at Liverpool yet – let alone the national team.