Gerrard targeting World Cup swansong with England

Steven Gerrard has admitted that next year’s World Cup could be the last chance for a large part of the current England squad to deliver on the international stage, according to the Daily Mirror.

Gerrard included himself along with Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney as players who have been in the international set-up for a long time but not reached their full potential in England colours, and their advancing years mean the tournament in Brazil is likely to be the final opportunity to do so.

The captain also named Rio Ferdinand among the group despite the Manchester United defender’s decision to withdraw from the England squad after being called up for the first time since June 2011, and the first time under current manager Roy Hodgson.

Gerrard said: “It is a last chance for a few of us and that does sharpen our desire, especially with the way things are going under Roy,” adding that he is not taking qualification for granted ahead of a crucial tie against Montenegro.

He continued: “But for the likes of me, Ashley, Frank, Rio (Ferdinand), even Wayne who’s getting on about now, we all sense that time is moving on and we still want to achieve something with England.

Gerrard made his England debut in 2000, against Ukraine, and has gone on to win more than 100 caps for the national team. He was named as captain by Hodgson ahead of Euro 2012, having previously worn on the armband on either an interim basis or as the team’s vice-captain.

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