Gerrard not ready for England

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has made a plea to Fabio Capello not to pick him for England, as he feels he is not yet ready to feature for his country after his injury layoff.

The veteran has spent six months on the sidelines with a groin injury, and is only now making strides back to fitness.

Gerrard has made two substitute appearances against Brighton and Wolves in the Anfield outfit’s last fixtures, and may well feature against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Despite this, Gerrard believes the final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro in Podgorica has come to soon.

“I think everyone knows I’m still not 100 per cent match fit. I have only probably had two 12-minute games. I’m not really sure how much I’m going to play against Everton so, in my opinion, it’s probably still a bit too early,” he told the Liverpool official website.

“I don’t make the decisions. Those decisions are down to the England manager, whether he picks me or not.

“I’m sure he’ll have a discussion with Kenny Dalglish and between them they can decide what the right thing is for me. In my opinion there are other players out there who are match fit who are probably more suitable for that game, but we’ll have to wait and see.

“If I’m called up, I’ll deal with it,” he concluded.

England face Montenegro on Friday 7th October, and know that a point will be good enough to guarantee them a place in Poland and Ukraine.

By Gareth McKnight