England a long shot to win 2014 World Cup admits Steven Gerrard
Recent defeats against Chile and Germany have exposed England’s World Cup prospects next summer, with the Three Lions captain admitting that his team have been given a reality check following their qualification for Brazil next summer.
November 21st, 2013
A German reserve team were comfortably able to contain a strong English side on Tuesday night, with Steven Gerrard admitting that his team are no more than long shots to win the World Cup despite topping their qualifying group ahead of Ukraine, Poland and Montenegro.
“We’re not one of the favourites, we know that,” Gerrard said. “At the same time, you’ve got to go into the tournament with a bit of belief and confidence, and give it your best shot. But, of course, there are better teams out there than us. You only need to look at the rankings and where we are.
“I think these results will bring people a little bit down from where they were after Poland and Montenegro. There will be a bit of realism and perspective out there.”
Indeed, Gerrard believes that the recent friendly results should help England when it comes to expectation levels, with the Three Lions having previously gone to major tournaments with a nation hoping for a victory to match that of 1966.
“You go into a World Cup where people judge you fairly, and they’re not blowing you up to what you’re not going to be,” Gerrard said. “There’s not too much expectation and pressure on the players. I’m sure that will help us.
“These games are all about experimenting and, when we get our full strength back, with the likes of Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott, we’ll have a good team and a team that can go to the World Cup and compete.
“It’s difficult to judge us after two defeats. Everyone is going to be down and give us no chance and no hope. But when you look at the big picture, at our performances in the qualifiers, you can be upbeat.
“Of course, we’re disappointed after the two results, but it’s important we’re not too hard on ourselves and don’t write our chances off. The manager has experimented and tried different things over the last two games. I’m sure he’s got a better idea of the 23 he wants to take.”