Liverpool’s Gerrard not focusing on topping Beckham’s England record
Steven Gerrard is not thinking about surpassing David Beckham's 115 England caps ahead of his 100th Three Lions appearance
Steven Gerrard insists he is not thinking about eclipsing David Beckham’s 115 England caps ahead of his 100th Three Lions appearance on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old will captain the Three Lions for their friendly against Sweden in Stockholm after recovering from a knee injury picked up in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.
Gerrard, who recently made his 600th appearance for the Reds, will join Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton and Billy Wright in England’s exclusive 100-cap club.
The Reds captain is not thinking about beating Beckham’s tally – the LA Galaxy midfielder is England’s most-capped outfield player – but Gerrard is hoping to continue his international career for a few more seasons.
“I’m slightly nervous, very excited and can’t wait for the game to start,” said Gerrard.
“I try to be the driving force, get assists and goals and lead by example. My England journey has been full of ups and downs and I feel there are a few chapters to write.
“I don’t feel my England career is coming to an end. David’s a hero of mine and it is not important if I beat his record, it is just qualifying for the next major tournament.”
Meanwhile, England manager Roy Hodgson, who appointed Gerrard as captain ahead of the Euro 2012 campaign, praised the Liverpool star’s impact as skipper.
“I’ve been exceptionally pleased with his leadership qualities, giving younger lads a wise, calming, comforting word,” said Hodgson.