England captain Steven Gerrard speaks of his pride at FWA tribute
Steven Gerrard spoke of his joy at being honoured by the Football Writers' Association, with an 'exciting year' ahead for the England captain.
The Liverpool star was the recipient of the FWA tribute on Sunday evening, with the likes of Jamie Carragher, Kenny Dalglish and Gerard Houllier all saluting the 32-year-old.
And Gerrard was delighted to receive the honour at London's Savoy Hotel, particularly as the votes were made by writers who see him in action every week.
He said: "The award means a lot because these guys have followed me throughout my career and written about me whenever I have played.
"To receive this award from the Football Writers' Association is a very proud night for myself and my family. I feel very flattered and humbled to receive it.
"I have always looked at personal awards as a bit of a bonus really. I always try to achieve things with Liverpool or fight to do well for England.
"But when you talk about awards from people like the supporters or people in the press, who watch you week in and week out and scrutinise your performances, these mean an awful lot because these guys know their football."
Gerrard was named as England captain by Roy Hodgson in 2012 and went on to collect his 100th cap last November to bring the year to an end.
His performances for Liverpool, where he has played every minute in the Premier League this season, have continued to inspire with another goal added to his tally against Norwich on Saturday.
And with The FA celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013, Gerrard is looking forward to the next 12 months and helping England in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
"It is a special year - the 150th anniversary for The FA as well, so there are some really big fixtures to look forwards to," added Gerrard.
"We are halfway through a World Cup qualifying campaign, so hopefully at the end of the season it can be a success for Liverpool to achieve something, and also make it through to the finals in Brazil with England."