Steven Gerrard: Dan the man for England

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Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard believes that Daniel Sturridge can make a big impact for England when they take on Montenegro and Poland in their crucial World Cup qualifiers.

Sturridge has been in impressive form this season, scoring eight goals already, taking his record at Anfield to 19 goals in 25 games for the club since joining from Chelsea in January.

The 24-year-old has been in scintillating form playing as the number nine at Liverpool, a new position for him as he played wide for former club Chelsea, and Gerrard thinks the forward has come a long way.

Speaking to The Daily Mirror, Gerrard said “You’ve got to understand he was playing as a wide forward at Chelsea. He scored quite a few goals from there but the team was built around Didier Drogba – and understandably so.

“But ever since Daniel’s come to Liverpool, the manager has played him as the nine, as the main man, and as a result he’s flourished. I’m sure if he’s given that nine role for England he can produce for England as well.

"I don’t think Daniel has any doubts in his own ability. If he’s fit and available he will be confident he can deliver at this level.”

It is a big week for England as the World Cup qualifiers resume on Friday. The Three Lions are top of their group, and home victories against Montenegro and Poland will send England to Brazil next year, and Gerrard knows the failure to qualify would be a disaster.

He 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."

England take on Montenegro on Friday and Poland the following Tuesday at Wembley

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