Steven Gerrard has declared he believes now is the time for England to deliver two great performances, in order to ensure their place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next summer.

The England captain's comments come ahead of tonight's Group H clash with Montenegro, and Tuesday's match against Poland - with two victories ensuring automatic qualification for the Three Lions.

The 33-year-old captain has today told Standard Sport that the team must now raise their game.

He said: "We’re at the stage now where the talking is over. It’s all down to the performance and time for us to deliver as players. The responsibility is on us now.

"Montenegro are a good team and tough to beat because they’re going to play very defensively and try to hit us on the counter attack.

"The big boost this week is the availability of all our attacking players, except Theo (Walcott).

"The majority are still available and are the ones we’re going to need to break down a tough Montenegro side.

"The easiest thing as a player is to talk the talk, now we have to walk the walk and go and do it."

The Liverpool and England skipper also took the time to compliment manager Roy Hodgson on the current performance of the squad.

He added: "Our performances have been mixed in the campaign but we’re exactly where we want to be. Our record under Roy is fantastic and we always wanted to be in this position where it’s in our hands.

"It’s a game of football at the end of the day and we need to believe in our ability and stick to what we’re good at, which is high tempo passing and take the game to the opposition."

Gerrard has seen England qualify for three World Cups over his career, and adding Brazil to his list of achievements is something he hopes will happen.

"Although I have enjoyed my journey during my international career, I’d love to go out on a high. It would make me even prouder to lead the team into the next World Cup as captain."

Gerrard's comments come in the aftermath of an interesting week for England international football, in which the Football Association have come under heavy criticism and there has been strong debates over the quality of the current squad.

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