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Gerrard: England must rise to occasion

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Skipper Steven Gerrard has urged his England team-mates to "seize the moment" and end their quarter-final hoodoo when they take on Italy in Sunday's Euro 2012 clash in Kiev.

England have a history of slipping up at the last-eight stage of competitions - something which occurred three times during Sven-Goran Eriksson's reign as manager. But Gerrard is confident England can progress to their first semi-final since Euro 96, provided they do everything they can against the Azzurri.

The Liverpool midfielder said: "In previous tournaments we just haven't shown what we are capable of. But our performances are getting stronger in this competition. That is what gives me the belief and confidence that we can end this hoodoo that people talk about."

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