Stevie Gerrard still believes in England’s progression

Liverpool midfielder Steven GerrardEngland can still qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil, according to Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard and his England counterparts were held to a 1-1 draw in Montenegro on Tuesday night.  Despite sitting two points off the top of Group H, the Three Lions destiny remains in their own hands.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring from a Gerrard corner before Dejan Damjanovic equalised late for the hosts, but the influential midfielder remains confident they will still qualify.

He said: “We’re still confident we can finish top of the group. We need to win all our games, we certainly need to improve on that second half performance and play like we did in the first half.

“We certainly need to get three points when we go to Ukraine in September and we need perfect results at home.”

The England captain also conceded that a draw was the right result on the night.

“We stopped playing after the break for 20 or 30 minutes and away from home you can’t afford to do that,” he added. “We stopped passing the ball and that’s when we lost control. I think they deserved the equaliser.

“I think there was a lot of experience out there and I think the first half we showed that. We controlled the game.

“The problem is at 1-0 you’re always vulnerable. You’ve got to go on and get the second goal to get complete control and we never did that. They took control of the second half up until the last 10 minutes so they deserved the draw.”

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