England captain Gerrard targets World Cup glory

Steven Gerrard wants to banish unhappy memories of past World Cup exits by taking England to next year’s edition of the tournament in Brazil and then on to glory, the Daily Mirror has reported.

England are currently second in Group H, two points behind next week’s opponents Montenegro, with a game against minnows San Marino to come first on Friday, and Gerrard wants to guide England to the World Cup to put right failures at past tournaments, as well as test himself again against some of the best players in the world.

On one level, it’s about the chance to compete against the best sides and individuals on the planet,” Gerrard said. “On another, it’s about having that small chance of coming back as heroes in an England shirt, which I have never experienced.

The Liverpool and England captain added:“I have dreamt about it of course. I am sure everyone has. I have got close to it. Penalty shoot-outs in the last eight are close but not close enough. I don’t feel I have done myself justice at a World Cup. I don’t think any England player of this generation can think they have.

Gerrard, who recently won his 100th England cap, made his senior international debut in May 2000, against Ukraine. He travelled to that summer’s European Championships, making one appearance as a substitute against Germany, and netted his first international goal against the same opposition a year later. He has captained the side on a regular basis since 2006 and was appointed permanently to the role by Roy Hodgson ahead of Euro 2012.

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