Gerrard aims to make nation proud

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England skipper Steven Gerrard has vowed to make amends for the Three Lions' poor World Cup performances thus far.

The Liverpool midfielder was handed the armband at the start of the tournament after Rio Ferdinand got injured, but the campaign has been far from successful after scoring in four minutes against USA.

"We haven't enjoyed the criticism, the last couple of days, and that feeling you get when you haven't done yourself justice," said Gerrard in a press conference earlier today.

"We can't wait for the game to start to put it right."

30-year-old Gerrard spoke at length to the British media on a number of topics, and stressed the importance of re-paying the traveling fans who have followed the side to South Africa.

"We have come into this tournament with big expectations, we have big support out here.

"People have paid good money and expect us to win football matches. We as players take responsibility for under-performing in the last game. We want to make the nation proud and happy and a good win tomorrow can give the players more confidence."

One of the most senior members in the England camp, Gerrard also spoke on the John Terry press conference that has dominated the buid-up to the Slovenia clash. He doesn't think it will have an adverse affect on the team.

"I've watched John's interview and he is obviously a passionate player. We've got a very important game and it is important as captain that I switch my attention and focus to this game.

"The training was very sharp this morning and hopefully everyone can do the business."

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