Gerrard: I’m ready to banish those nightmares of 2007
Steven Gerrard is desperate to avoid another night of heartbreak when England take on Poland in tonight’s must-win match at Wembley.
England took a big step towards World Cup qualification on Friday when they beat Montenegro 4-1, but if they do not beat Poland, they will almost certainly be looking to the play-offs to book their ticket to Brazil.
Gerrard is one of the four current members of the England squad who played in a similar game six years ago when England needed a point at Wembley against Croatia to make it to Euro 2008. The visitors won 3-2.
“It’s a memory I’ll struggle to reject,” Gerrard said, “a memory that I’ll have to take to the grave with me. One of the lowest moments of my international journey. I hope that we don’t get back to that.
“I’d never ever try to scare a young lad but I think it’s important they are aware how big this is,” Gerrard said. “To know what’s at stake, and we need to seize this moment. We need to look back at this with a smile.”
For manager Roy Hodgson, the past is irrelevant. “The words Croatia and 2007 have never been mentioned, it’s of no interest”, he said. MORE
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