Stockholm: Captain Steven Gerrard is set to become the sixth player to reach the milestone of 100 caps for England in Wednesday's friendly against Sweden and feels he still has a lot more fuel left in his international tank. The 32-year-old midfielder has had to cope with a few more injuries in recent times but is confident he can keep making a telling contribution for his country.
"My 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," Gerrard told reporters on Tuesday. I'm slightly nervous, very excited and can't wait for the game to start. I try to be the driving force, get assists and goals and lead by example."
There were doubts over Gerrard's fitness when he received a knock in Sunday's Premier League game at Chelsea but a scan gave the Liverpool skipper the all-clear. Goalkeeper Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Bobby Charlton (106) and Billy Wright (105) have also reached a century of England appearances, with Beckham the most-capped outfield player.
"David's a hero of mine and it is not important if I beat his record, it is just about qualifying for the next major tournament," Gerrard said of his former team mate who has not played for his country since 2009....more
09:58 AM, Nov 14, 2012