Steven Gerrard: England must believe winning World Cup is possibility
England captain Steven Gerrard insists the Three Lions must believe they can win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Steven Gerrard has declared England can win the 2014 World Cup ahead of the Three Lions’ opening qualifier against Moldova on Friday.
The Liverpool midfielder, who has taken part in four major tournaments with the national side, is confident Roy Hodgson’s squad can improve over the next two years and mount a challenge in Brazil.
“When I speak, I’m realistic and honest. At the moment we’re not one of the favourites to win the World Cup but that doesn’t mean you stop believing, working hard to improve and try to learn from mistakes you have made in previous tournaments,” said Gerrard.
“We have to have that faith and keep believing. You never stop believing in football. Miracles do happen – it’s been proved.”
Gerrard, 32, captained England at the European championship and the Reds skipper was joined by fellow veterans Scott Parker and John Terry in Poland and Ukraine.
And Hodgson insists the senior players will still have a role to play in his squad in 2014 but wants his players to remain focused on qualification for now.
“Am I concerned [about age of senior players come 2014]? No,” said Hodgson.
“Otherwise I would be making the decision not to use anyone who is 30 when the World Cup comes along, and speculating on the young ones getting us to Brazil.
“The first thing we have to do is qualify. Many people think that’s a simple task. We don’t believe that.
“We have to play well to qualify. To do that, I need all the players at my disposal who can get us there. Then we’ll see. There have been a lot of World Cup tournaments in which people of 35, 36 have made a fantastic impact.”