England captain Steven Gerrard admits major success at the 2014 World Cup is unlikely for the Three Lions.
Following a dismal performance at 2010 World Cup a sense of realism has entered media and fan expectation surrounding England, with expectations particularly low as the latest qualifying campaign begins.
Many factors have influenced this new found attitude towards England in major competitions; it is over 20 years since the nation advance beyond the quarter final stages at a major competition. While competing in unchartered territory in South America will bring added difficulties.
Gerrard stated, “I’m realistic to be honest. We are not one of the favourites to win the World Cup. That doesn’t mean you stop believing, working hard to improve, and learning from mistakes you’ve mad at previous tournaments.
“This team has every chance to get better in the next few years, with some players coming through and others with the experience.”
Liverpool’s captain also discussed the fact many of England’s ‘golden generation’ are set to be involved in another qualifying campaign despite previous failures, and also potentially halting development of youngsters. The 32 year old said, “You should judge players on performances. It doesn’t matter how old they are.
“You need to be playing well to stay in the team. I remember reading before the start of the Euros, journalists wanting Paul Scholes back in the set-up and he was 34 at the time.”