Gerrard looking forward to England’s clash with Germany
Steven Gerrard has admitted his delight at the prospect of playing Germany in the World Cup second round.
The midfielder, who was given the England armband after Rio Ferdinand sustained an injury, said he had fond memories of games against Germany in the past and is hoping Fabio Capello’s side have enough to ensure progression to the quarter-finals.
“It goes without saying that boys are really looking forward to this game against Germany,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.
“We have watched them during the tournament and they are a very good side but I’m sure they will say the same about us. It will be a tough match for both teams.
“Every game has been hard so far and we know that the further we go in the competition, the harder it is going to be.
“But we are all delighted to be in the knockout stages. We have achieved our first target (to get through the group) and we deserved to after beating Slovenia.
“Now we have got to be more consistent. I’ve said it before but I want to stay in this tournament to the very end and we are all very much looking forward to Sunday.”
Gerrard, 30, feels that England deserved to get through the group stage and believes the side can go far so long as they keep doing what they did against Slovenia yesterday.
“When you need to win a game and when you don’t finish teams off you’re going to be anxious at the end, but we thoroughly deserved to go through,” he said.
“I thought all the players that started the game and all the subs were terrific. We need to find consistency now in the knockout stages.
“If we play like we did, keep listening to the manager and keep delivering what he’s asking, we’ve got the quality you need to win matches. Anything can happen.”
The Liverpool skipper also believes the squad have put the troubles that occurred in the build-up to the game in Port Elizabeth behind them.
“The attitude in the dressing room was 100% better,” he added.
“If we turn up and we play close to our potential, we are a match for anyone.”