Steven Gerrard has insisted there is no need to panic for England ahead of their World Cup warm-up friendly with Germany on Tuesday evening, writes ESPN.
“I look back at the Chile result and I come away from that game feeling different from a lot of people having read what I have read,” Gerrard said. “I’m really confident that if we were to meet Chile further on into a World Cup competition we would have the players at full strength to go and beat them.
“There is a good mix of youth and experienced players in the squad at the moment who are all moving forward and improving all the time.
Gerrard missed the Chile friendly due to a pain in the hip area, but doesn’t believe he is taking an unnecessary risk by having injections to see him through the Germany fixture. “I wouldn’t have the injections if I didn’t feel any benefit,” he added.
“The reason I went in for these recently is because I’ve felt so good physically over the last couple of years.
“I’m alright,” Gerrard went on. “I’ve been carrying a niggle for the past two or three games around the hip area, so I’ve had some treatment in my back area, as I have done for many years to stay on top of it. It’s a lot better than it was a week or 10 days ago.”
Germany are unbeaten in their previous six matches, whilst England were on an unbeaten streak until Friday’s collapse at Wembley. The visitors’ Coach, Joachim Low, will be without Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, Phillipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer.
Roy Hodgson announced his England starting XI on Monday, confirming Joe Hart’s return to goal, despite being out of favour at Manchester City. Adam Lallana keeps his place in the team following his full debut on Friday against Chile, whilst teammate Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez will be on the bench.
England’s team in full: Hart, Walker, Jagielka, Smalling, Cole, Cleverley, Gerrard, Townsend, Rooney, Lallana, Sturridge.
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