The perfect test
Tuesday, 02 March, 2010
Vice-captain Steven Gerrard believes Egypt are ideal opponents for England.
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Steven Gerrard reckons England's friendly with Egypt will provide Fabio Capello's men with a perfect test ahead of the World Cup.
Egypt, the reigning African Nations champions, beat England's World Cup opponents Algeria en route to winning the tournament in Angola earlier this year and Gerrard is under no illusions as to the threat they face.
"We will respect the opposition - the manager will have us well drilled and we have been told all about the dangers they pose," he said.
"Egypt are a very difficult team and they will be full of confidence. The pressure is off them because everyone expects us to win.
"They are at a good level, they are probably the most successful Egyptian team for some time so it will be a tricky game and we're looking forward to the challenge."
Rio Ferdinand has been named the new England captain but he will miss the match on Wednesday as he has a back injury.
It means Capello's vice-captain Gerrard will wear the armband for the clash at Wembley and the Liverpool midfielder is determined to put on a show for the Three Lions faithful.
"Of course it is a big responsibility being captain and I am delighted to be leading out the boys - I am really looking forward to it," Gerrard added.
"Playing for England always brings expectations and Wednesday will give us a good opportunity to show we are a good team.
"The boys would love nothing better than to win the game, play well and send the fans home happy. I think there is going to be a crowd around 75,000 so that is great."
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