England skipper sympathises with boo boys

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Steven Gerrard is expecting his side to get booed by the England faithful at Wembley on Wednesday, and would even join in if he was a fan.

The England skipper understands that the players are likely to face a backlash from supporters in their first international since crashing out of the World Cup against Germany.

Asked whether he would berate the team if he was in the stands, Gerrard said: "I probably would, yeah."

He added: "We have to take it on the chin. We deserve it. We let them down in the summer.

"I'm sure there will be some boos at times [on Wednesday] but we have to deal with that. We have to be men.

"Hopefully we can show [the fans] we are a good team. I'm desperate to make them happy in the future. I'm hurting as a player and I'm sure the rest of the lads are as well."

Gerrard was in a reflective mood as he spoke at a press conference ahead of tomorrow night's friendly against Hungary, and admitted that life as an England player is hard work right now.

"I'm not going to lie and say it's not difficult at the moment to be playing for England, because it is," explained the 30-year-old.

"But things in football can change - three or four games down the line hopefully we'll have a lot of belief and confidence back...because at the moment it is tough,

"There's no excuses from me at all, but we have to show how sorry we are by doing it on the pitch."

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