GERRARD CALLS FOR POSITIVE ATTITUDE

The Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has said that England should not go into the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with a negative attitude and that they should believe that they can win the tournament itself. Brazil will be hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and England start the qualification campaign for this tournament with matches against Moldova and Ukraine. Speaking ahead of the match with Moldova, the Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said that the players should be going into the match against the Moldovans with a confidence that they can even win the FIFA World Cup itself.

England are still looking for their first World Cup success since 1966 when they managed to win the World Cup at home soil. Steven Gerrard has acknowledged that miracles will certainly not happen on the way to winning the World Cup and that the players should work hard if they are to get anywhere close to it. England managed only a quarter-final appearance at the Euro 2012 when they were knocked out by Italy. Quarter-final has been a major stumbling block for England in major tournaments up until now and Steven Gerrard reckons that only confidence can help them overcome this mental issue.

“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 or stop working hard to try and improve and learn from the mistakes you’ve made at previous tournaments. This team has every chance to improve and get better over the next few years, with players coming through and other players who boast experience in the squad,” Gerrard said. A number of high profile players like Steven Gerrard, John Terry, and Frank Lampard are unlikely to be at their best when the 2410 FIFA World Cup kicks off due to their age.