Speaking ahead of today's world cup qualifier game against Moldova, England captain Steven Gerrard has insisted that the national side can have a successful run in the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
The Liverpool skipper didn't suggest that England could possibly win the competition, but he still believes they can have a good tournament, even though people are writing their chances off.
The 33-year-old Liverpool skipper said: "I don't think we're as weak as has been suggested.
"Realistically, everyone in the room knows we're not going to be one of the bookies' favourites to win the World Cup. It doesn't mean we can't get there and have a successful tournament to make the country proud."
It should be noted that England have not yet qualified for the competition, and Gerrard insists that qualifying is more important at this moment of time.
"We don't want to get ahead of ourselves. Our priority is to get there first. To qualify is the challenge. We want to qualify for the World Cup, go there and make the nation proud. We can do that without winning it."
In the next four days, England will look to win both qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine respectively. The Three Lions then complete their qualifying group's matches in October when they face current leaders Montenegro before taking on Poland.
It has been suggested that a lack of pressure resting upon the shoulders of the player could prove to be beneficial, but England's main priority until next summer will be to ensure they make the group stages at least.
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