Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gerrard determined to make Frank’s 100th cap a day to remember with Ukraine win

Gerrard determined to make Frank’s 100th cap a day to remember with Ukraine win Steven-Gerrard

Steven Gerrard wants England to mark Frank Lampard’s entry in to the 100 club with a vital qualification win over Ukraine. Manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that Lampard will start Tuesday’s crunch match in Ukraine, thus making him the eighth Englishman to reach 100 caps. Gerrard brought his century up last season when he led the team out in Stockholm, but the night proved to be an experience to forget as Zlatan Ibrahimovic ran England ragged in a 4-2 victory for the Scandinavians. Gerrard, who will move level with Billy Wright on 105 caps on Tuesday, does not want Lampard’s night at the Olympic Stadium to be tainted by a defeat which would put England’s qualification hopes in doubt. ‘It will be a special night for Frank, but we want to remember it for the right result,’ the England captain said. ‘I lost on my 100th cap so hopefully that won’t happen for Frank. Hopefully he will go away with fond memories.’ Hodgson hinted England will cast off the shackles of conservatism and go for the jugular in Kiev even though a draw would be enough to keep the Three Lions top of Group H with two matches left. Gerrard echoed his manager’s comments and also claimed that it will be Ukraine, and not England, who go into the match under the most pressure. ‘We are coming here to win the match,’ Gerrard said. ‘If it ends up being a draw it’s a better result for us than Ukraine. ‘The pressure lies on Ukraine to win the game and to take the game to us.’ At 33, Gerrard is entering the twilight of his international career just like Lampard. As a result, the Liverpool midfielder is desperate to make sure England qualify for the World Cup in Brazil. He hopes his drive, and that of the other senior members of the squad, will help push the squad through to qualification. ‘It will be our last crack at doing well at a World Cup and hopefully that will be infectious within the rest of the group,” said Gerrard, who made his England debut against Ukraine 13 years ago. ‘We hope the rest of the lads can see how much we want it and they can feed off that.’ - See more at: