Football: Gerrard tells England it's time to deliver

Football: Gerrard tells England it's time to deliver

LONDON - Steven Gerrard has told his team-mates it is time to get England to the World Cup finals.

The skipper issued his rallying cry on the eve of Friday's Group H clash against Montenegro at Wembley, with Roy Hodgson's men aware that victory will put them within sight of Brazil 2014.

England complete their qualification campaign against Poland, also at Wembley, on Tuesday and know dropping points in either fixture could mean going into the play-offs or missing out completely.

Gerrard, set to equal Bobby Charlton's tally of 106 England caps against Montenegro, said Thursday: "This is right up there with the most important I have played in the 105 I already played.

"We are at a critical stage, it's up to us to deliver. They are very important games."

Gerrard added: "Everyone in the squad and the staff have huge respect for the teams we are playing. But there is a big confidence within our squad.

"We know we have fantastic players and the majority of our players are fit, which is a huge boost. If we play as well as we can it will be enough to get the two wins we need.

"We are not over confident or arrogant but there is a belief and optimism that we are going to get the job done."

Preparations have gone smoothly for England manager Roy Hodgson, who has not suffered a withdrawal since Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole suffered a hip injury last weekend.

Qualification remains in England's hands and they have home advantage as well.

Hodgson said: "I read that we have only lost one of the last 13 at Wembley, that is a nice statistic.

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