Gerrard hoping for attacking role

17 June 2010 07:38

England skipper Steven Gerrard is relishing being able to make an impact in a more forward role in Friday's World Cup clash with Algeria after the return to the starting X1 of Gareth Barry.

Gerrard was forced to drop deeper during the 1-1 draw with the United States despite scoring England's goal. But the full recovery of Barry from the ankle injury which threatened his participation in the tournament has cleared the way for the Liverpool star to venture further up the pitch.

"It is not for me to prejudge what the manager is going to do and I will do whatever job the manager asks me to do to the best of my ability." said Gerrard. "But, if I am able to play in a more attacking role, then it suits me and I will look forward to that."

The Liverpool skipper added: "It is great to have Gareth back. He is a terrific passer of the ball, he is so calm in possession.

"He gives protection to the two centre-halves if they need it and he has been fantastic for England during the past two years.

"His return to the side really strengthens the starting X1."

Gerrard also believes it will only be a matter of time before Wayne Rooney starts delivering the goal-power and form that made him one of the best players in the world during the past season.

Rooney has netted 25 goals for his country in 61 internationals but only one in eight internationals during the past 12 months in contrast to his form for Manchester United.

Gerrard said: "Wayne has looked great in training and it is only a matter of time before he finds the back of the net and everyone says he is on great form again.

"During the past season, he has been one of the best players in the world - and it is only a matter of time before he is back to that form."

Source: PA

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