Martin Keown - Gerrard can drive England to glory
Published: 12 Jun 2010 - 06:49:19
England must go in today's game against the United States determined to be positive and dictate the play. This is our toughest game in the group and we must be confident.
Fabio Capello will want his team pressing high up the pitch, and closing down in groups rather than ones and twos - as happened too often in the friendlies against Mexico and Japan.
It looks like Emile Heskey will start up front, so I expect England to play lots of balls into him. Considering he's hardly played for Aston Villa it's shocking in a way - it's like he's become a better player without actually playing.
I expect Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to start in midfield together, with Joe Cole on the left and most likely Aaron Lennon on the right. Rob Green is the favourite to start in goal.
I think we're going to see the full package from Gerrard at this World Cup. He'll rise to the challenge of being captain and we'll hopefully get the player who drives Liverpool on every week.
He has immense talent and drive, and this could be his last Finals - so he should be fully motivated for the task ahead.
When you're away at a World Cup you're cocooned in a way. You have a sense of what's going on, but it's not until you get home you realise just what it means to the people back in England.
The squad will be talking to family and friends, but they're still a bit removed from it all.
The players will all know what it means though. Every single one of them will be desperate to emulate the 1966 heroes.
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