Gerrard happy to tear Swiss apart
08 Sep 2010 - 07:28:15
England captain Steven Gerrard claimed Switzerland were 'torn apart' during Tuesday's 3-1 Euro 2012 qualifying victory in Basel.
The Three Lions roared to the top of the Group G standings after following up Friday's 4-0 rout of Bulgaria with an impressive display in what was thought to be their most difficult game of the qualifying campaign.
Wayne Rooney opened the scoring on ten minutes and second-half goals from substitutes Adam Johnson and Darren Bent, after Swiss defender Stefan Lichtsteiner had been sent off for a second bookable offence, secured a comfortable victory.
Xherdan Shaqiri's superb 25-yard strike reduced the arrears in the 71st minute but Gerrard was delighted by both the result and the performance.
"The first half was perfect - everything the manager asked of us," he said. "We got the game plan spot on.
"We got a little bit lazy in the second half and the passing wasn't quick enough. They came into the game at certain stages, but it was never in doubt.
"People were talking about how good Switzerland are defensively, but we just tore them apart."
However, the Liverpool skipper insists there is still plenty of work to be done before England can be sure of their place in the Euro 2012 finals.
He added: "We're nowhere near there yet. It's going to take two years to prove to our supporters and to everybody in the world that England are back.
"Two good results don't make you a good team. What makes you a good team is qualifying easily from the group and then going into a major tournament and proving you can mix with the best."