VIDEO: 'It's what dreams are made of'
Thursday, 10 June, 2010
Steven Gerrard looks forward to captaining his country at the World Cup.
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Steven Gerrard admits he has dreamed of lifting the World Cup trophy and the England skipper insists Fabio Capello's side are perfectly prepared for the big kick-off.
Liverpool captain Gerrard was given the armband after Rio Ferdinand was rule out of the tournament due to injury.
And with just two days to go until England start their World Cup campaign against the USA in Rustenburg, the 30-year-old believes this could be England's year.
"I've certainly dreamt of lifting the World Cup - it's what dreams are made of," he said.
"It will be difficult as there are some very good teams in the tournament, but looking at the squad I'm surrounded by gives me a lot of confidence it can happen.
"The USA are a strong team and it's very important we stamp our authority on the tournament and let everyone know what we're about and what we want to do going forward."
Gerrard says he will be bursting with pride when he leads the side out and is fully aware of the support England are getting back home.
He added: "I'm hugely honoured to be leading the boys out in a couple of days time.
"All the players are aware or the support we are getting from back home, and we watched a DVD from the boys in Afghanistan, which was very inspiring.
"Now it's time for the players to deliver. Everyone is behind us, The FA have provided us with a superb base camp and the preparation is going well.
"Now the players are firing and ready to go."