Gerrard fears England World Cup failure

Steven Gerrard has admitted the prospect of England not qualifying for next year’s World Cup is a daunting one, claiming the tournament in Brazil could be the biggest ever – and the Liverpool and England captain wants the Three Lions to be part of it, the Daily Mail has reported.

England are currently second in Group H, trailing leaders Montenegro by two points and leading Poland and Ukraine by four. However, England have played a game more than the two teams directly below, and were held to a draw by Montenegro in their last fixture despite taking an early lead through Wayne Rooney.

Gerrard said: “It’s daunting if you fear the challenge and start worrying and concern yourself with not qualifying; it is daunting, there’s no getting away from it.

It is a huge year for the FA, the 150-year anniversary and what they’re doing for the game and putting back in. But in amongst that we’ve got a really big challenge ahead of us, and that’s to qualify for probably the biggest World Cup that there’s going to be.

The midfielder added: “There’s no bigger place than Brazil to have a World Cup except England for us players, so we want to be there and we’re desperate to be there and we’ll keep fighting all the way to the end.

Gerrard also shared his view that the draw in Montenegro was not the damaging result it was widely considered in the Press, claiming that the fixture was always going to be more difficult that some observers seemed to expect considering the quality of a number of the Montenegro players and the feverish atmosphere in which the game was to be played.

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