Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes the England international against Montenegro came too early into his recovery from injury to feature.

The central midfielder, who has just returned from a six-month layoff because of a groin injury, was tipped to be in Fabio Capello's squad for the crucial Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday night.

But, before the Italian announced his squad for the match, Gerrard admitted that other players were probably in a better position than himself to play in the match.

"I think everyone knows I'm still not 100 percent match fit. I have only probably had two 12-minute games," he told the official Liverpool website ahead of the 2-0 Merseyside derby win against Everton.

"In my opinion, it's probably still a bit too early [to play for England]."

Gerrard had featured in games against both Brighton & Hove Albion in the League Cup and Wolves in the Barclays Premier League before coming off the bench against the Toffees at Goodison Park.

Alongside Craig Bellamy, the pair helped swing the game in the Reds' favour following their second-half introduction, with Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez scoring the goals.


 

Despite the third impressive cameo, Gerrard expected a conversation to take place between Kenny Dalglish and Capello before the squad was named, and is hoping to work on returning to full fitness on the training ground ahead of a clash against Manchester United in a fortnight.

"I don't make the decisions, those decisions are down to the England manager [Fabio Capello], whether he picks me or not," he continued.

"I'm sure he'll have a discussion with Kenny and between them they can decide what the right thing is for me, but in my opinion there are other players out there who are match fit who are probably more suitable for that game, but we'll have to wait and see."

Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll were the two Reds picked in the initial 24-man England squad named on Sunday night.

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