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Steven Gerrard: This week is vital for England

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England captain Steven Gerrard has said that this week is the most vital English football has seen for a long time - ahead of the crunch World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

Roy Hodgson's men play on Friday and Tuesday and if they succeed in their next two games, it would guarantee a place at next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

But the pressure is on, and after Croatia helped England's Euro 2008 ambitions fail, Gerrard was quick to say he didn't want to see a repeat performance.

As quoted on The Mirror, the 33-year-old midfielder said: "This is as critical a week as English football has known for a long time.

"There’s a lot of expectations, from the fans, the media and in and among the group as well. Everyone wants to be at this World Cup.

"So it is very critical. We need to go out and deliver. It doesn’t come much bigger than this.

"We all know how much the supporters want it.

"Also for the country itself it would be a disaster if England weren’t in the World Cup, especially in Brazil.

"I don’t like using the word 'disaster' or 'catastrophe', but the Brazil World Cup is going to be so big. Individually and collectively, we all want to be there."

Gerrard has today slammed allegations that there is a lack of passion from the national side when playing for England, saying that no one wants to feature in the World Cup more than the players do. 

It's been a fairly vocal fortnight for Gerrard, and he added that not reaching the World Cup is "too grim a thought to even contemplate."

He said, "The main focus for me is trying to be as positive as I can, trying to be upbeat and look forward to trying to win these games rather than the worst-case scenarios."

Gerrard is convinced that England will bounce back from their lacklustre 0-0 draw against Ukraine - and with Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck all due to start on Friday, the England attack sees a rejuvenation from last month's line up. 

The Liverpool legend, with 105 caps for England and counting, has also praised the firepower of the England front-line. 

He said: "The thought of Wayne, Daniel, Danny and Andros Townsend or James Milner to go at any team, is mouthwatering as far as I’m concerned. Mouthwatering.

"If that front partnership works, that could be key. 

"Wayne and Danny are unselfish, both capable of setting each other up and scoring the goals themselves. That’s what gives me the belief it can work.

"That’s the reason it’s been working with Luis Suarez and Sturridge. They’re helping each other and I think Wayne and Daniel can do similar things."

England currently top the Group H table with 16 points after not losing any of their eight games played - four drawn, four won. Ukraine are not far behind having lost only one game. 

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