Steven Gerrard has insisted that “miracles do happen” as England prepare for their first World Cup qualifier against Moldova tonight.
Although the Liverpool and England captain admits that “we are not one of the favourites to win the World Cup,” he continues; “That doesn’t mean you stop believing, working hard to improve, and learning from the mistakes you’ve made at previous tournaments.”
Roy Hodgson’s England are entering into the World Cup qualifying campaign with understated confidence after a respectful performance at the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
Gerrard comments on the mix of experience and young talent that the squad consists of, “the team has every chance to get better in the next few years, with some players coming through and others with experience.” The players coming through that Gerrard refers to are surely the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Kyle Walker and Theo Walcott. With the returning Jack Wilshere, England’s blend of youth and knowledge could result in a surprising outcome in Brazil 2014.
However there has been recent speculation amongst the England camp questioning the age of the older generation of players within the squad; John Terry, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard under scrutiny. Gerrard responded, “I judge a player on what I see with my eye, not his age.”
Gerrard also highlights the media attention that Paul Scholes received before the Euros, “all the journalists wanted Paul Scholes back in the set-up, he was 34 at the time.”