Skipper welcomes back Barry
Friday, 18 June, 2010
Steven Gerrard delighted to see midfield man back fit.
England captain Steven Gerrard is relishing the prospect of seeing a fit-again Gareth Barry return to the team when England take on Algeria on Friday.
Barry has been declared fit to play in Cape Town and although Fabio Capello has yet to announce his team, Gerrard is delighted the Manchester City man is back in the fold - and the possibility of being released to play a more attacking role himself.
“We’ll have to wait and see what formation we play and the 11 he picks," said Gerrard.
"I should imagine I will be playing in a more atacking role and that suits me, I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s great to have Gareth back fit and available, he’s a terrific passer and calm in possession so hopefully he’ll give us that protection the two centre-halves need.
"He’s been fantastic over a couple of years for England and I’m really pleased to have him back, he certainly strengthens the side.”
Gerrard is also delighted to see Wayne Rooney back to his very sharpest in training this week and ready to face the Algerians.
“Wayne is looking great in training, its only a matter of time before he finds the back of the net and people are talking about how great his form is," he added.
“He’s been one of the best players in the world this season. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before you see that in this World Cup.”
Gerrard was struck by a sign at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town where England trained tonight that read ‘go strong or go home’ and believes The Three Lions will live true to that ethos.
“I think so, I think that’s the message,” he said.
“As the manager says, we’re pleased with the majority of the first performance. There’s a lot of pressure and tension in the opening game and hopefully in the second we will be more fluid. Our preparation has gone well and we hope to go strong and get a good convincing win to go to four points.”