England can succeed in Brazil, says Gerrard

England captain Steven Gerrard believes that they can enjoy success in next year’s World Cup in Brazil, while insisting that qualifying for the tournament is the main priority at present, reports ESPN.

Ahead of Friday’s qualifier against Moldova at Wembley, new FA chairman Greg Dyke spoke of his belief that England are unlikely to become world champions in 2014. But Gerrard still thinks that they can have a good tournament.

He said: “I don’t think we’re as weak as has been suggested. Realistically, everyone in the room knows we’re not going to be one of the bookies’ favourites to win the World Cup. It doesn’t mean we can’t get there and have a successful tournament to make the country proud.”

However, with qualification not assured, Gerrard said that securing their place in Brazil is the England squad’s main focus at present. He added: “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. Our priority is to get there first. To qualify is the challenge. We want to qualify for the World Cup, go there and make the nation proud. We can do that without winning it.

“Playing at a World Cup is the pinnacle of any footballer’s dream as a kid — especially in Brazil.”

England are currently second in Group H, two points behind leaders Montenegro having played a game less.

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