Steven Gerrard laughs off Patrick Vieira’s England comments
England go into battle with Poland on Tuesday night hoping to take a firm grip of qualifying Group H and Steven Gerrard has denied claims that young English players don’t care about representing their country.
October 16th, 2012
Gerrard is now a veteran of the England team and the captain admits he was surprised to read Patrick Vieira’s comments, especially with so many young players providing competition for places in the Three Lions team.
“I don’t really care what Patrick Vieira says,” Gerrard said. “It surprised me to read that. The impression I get from young players at Liverpool is that they’re desperate to get into this set-up.
“You can see in their faces that, when they’re left out, it has disappointed them. The young players are hungry.
“Maybe, in the past, there weren’t youngsters coming through to challenge but the proof’s there now,” added Gerrard. “The likes of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are pushing for regular starts in this team, and we, as senior players, are aware of that.
“It keeps everyone on their toes and will raise performances, individually and collectively. I didn’t really know it would happen like this after the Euros, when we were looking to move forward and strengthen. It’s important not to get carried away with these youngsters – there’s a long way to go. But there’s talent there to give us real optimism for the future.”
Indeed, Leighton Baines, Cleverley and Welbeck are all clamouring for a place in the first team and it appears Roy Hodgson is intent on bringing through young players when they are good enough to feature for the national team.