Sunday 24 September 2017

Lower expectations could suit England, says captain Steven Gerrard

ENGLAND’S Steven Gerrard believes the lower expectations levels on England at Euro 2012 could work in their favour.

Gerrard was part of the so called "golden generation" who failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals in any tournament.

This time the optimism amongst England fans appears to be more realistic particularly with the spate of injuries which have ruled out Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, Gary Cahill and John Ruddy.

Gerrard said: "The team and squad were built up as the golden generation and the expectation and pressure grew over the years.

"We were expected to deliver in a major tournament and, by deliver, that means, going to a final or winning a trophy.

"We were put down as favourites in previous tournaments and maybe, because we haven't done that (been successful), the expectations this time will be less.

"But that could suit us and turn into a positive.

"By the same token there will be a certain amount of pressure and expectation because we are England."

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