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Gerrard targets top spot

10 Sep 2007 - 15:45:55

England midfielder Steven Gerrard is determined that the momentum gained by Saturday's 3-0 win against Israel helps the team to go on and qualify for next summer's Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland.

England face a tricky qualifier against Russia at Wembley on Wednesday and the Liverpool captain knows it will be tough to break down Guus Hiddink's well-drilled side.

"It's difficult because it was a really positive and good performance on Saturday," Gerrard told Sky Sports News.

"You want to enjoy that and take the boost and the confidence into the next game, but the important thing is not to become complacent and under-estimate Russia.

"They are a fantastic team and if we don't play to the Israel level, if not improve on that, we won't get the three points that we're after.

"It's going to be a tougher match against Russia with all due respect to Israel.

"The opposition are a little bit stronger and a bit more organised and offer that little bit more quality, so it's important we're on our game to get that result.

"This side, with the quality that we have, is definitely capable of winning all of our remaining matches and finishing top of this group and we're confident we can do that."


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