Steve Gerrard: England Can Beat Italy
"Since I made my England debut against Ukraine at Wembley in May 2000 I've dreamed of doing well in these major tournaments," Gerrard said. "Up to now that hasn't happened. Photo by EPA/BGNES
As England go into Sunday's quarter-final against Italy, skipper Steve Gerrard has voiced confidence that his team will prove it is one of the best.
"Since I made my England debut against Ukraine at Wembley in May 2000 I've dreamed of doing well in these major tournaments," Gerrard said. "Up to now that hasn't happened.
"But there's another chance here to do it and because of the hurt and pain I've been through before I'm hoping it'll be different this time. I'm certainly going to give it everything I've got to try and make it different.
"Because once you get to this stage of a competition, the quarter-final, it's massive. You're so close to where you want to be, you can see what's in sight and you start to dream again. So this is a fantastic moment for this team and this group of players.
"And it's important we seize this opportunity and this moment, that we grasp it and don't go home with any regrets. I know quarter-finals don't come around very often, so it's important we leave everything out there and we show to our critics and doubters that we are capable of performing at this level.
"But there's still plenty more performances needed before I get out of this tournament what I want - personally and also as a team. It's good of Gary to say those nice things about me but my focus is on playing well against Italy on Sunday night, not what I've done so far."
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