Steven Gerrard relishing underdogs tag

England captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that he is relishing the underdogs tag as England travel to Euro 2012.

The Three Lions do not have the same hype as usual going into the international tournament, with new boss Roy Hodgson picking the Anfield talisman as his skipper.

However, Gerrard feels that England can cause a few surprises in Ukraine and Poland.

“Usually the experience I’ve had going into tournaments is always the golden generation are going to win it, we’re going to do this,” he told Mirror Football.

“We put two or three results together and the nation gets carried away and also the players start believing that we’re great. Maybe we go into tournaments believing we’re better than we are.

“Maybe in the last two or three tournaments, as a group of players, we’ve maybe thought we were better than what we were.

“I think this time there’s a lot of realism about. Expectations are maybe down because we’ve not performed and we haven’t delivered in the previous tournaments.

“That doesn’t mean we’re not going to go into this tournament with belief and confidence that we can cause an upset.

“The pressure and the expectation seems to be slightly in our favour this time rather than a hindrance and weight on our shoulders so we’re hoping we can use that to our advantage,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

 


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