Steven Gerrard in line to match Sir Bobby Charlton's 106 caps, against Montenegro
England captain Steven Gerrard is flattered by the prospect of equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's appearance record as he prepares for two of the most important matches of his international career.
Gerrard will win his 106th cap if selected to face Montenegro in England's World Cup Group H qualifier at Wembley on Friday night.
The Three Lions' all-time record goalscorer, Charlton also reached 106 caps and the Liverpool midfielder was proud to draw comparison to one of the country's finest ever players.
Gerrard said: "I'm very proud. He's one of the best players to ever play for England.
"I'm very flattered and honoured to equal his record. Hopefully it'll be a good memory and we can get the win we need."
Gerrard also believes that his most consistent performances in an England shirt have come since Roy Hodgson took the reins.
Hodgson was briefly Gerrard's boss at Anfield and just over a year after leaving Merseyside he was appointed manager of the national team ahead of Euro 2012.
He added: "Since the first conversations I had with Roy I've tried to back him and do my best. I was absolutely delighted he got the job. I've worked with him before, he made me captain, and I think I've played my most consistent football under Roy."
England can guarantee their place at next summer's World Cup Finals with wins against Montenegro on Friday and Poland on Tuesday and Gerrard has called on his team-mates to finish the job off.
He added: "This is right up there with the most important games I've played for England in my 105 [caps] so far.
"We're at a critical stage of the qualifying campaign and it's up to me and the players to deliver."