Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes the importance of the FA Cup is highlighted by its global reach.

The world's oldest knockout competition is steeped in tradition - even if the kick-off for Saturday's clash with Chelsea has been moved to 5.15pm - and that is recognised not just by homegrown players but those from overseas.

"The FA Cup is special, and not just for us English guys," said the England midfielder, who will lead his side out in a Wembley final for the second time in less than three months after a Carling Cup victory. "All the foreign lads are sat there in the dressing room saying they can't wait for it. It just goes to show how big this competition is worldwide."

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