Steven Gerrard ready to welcome strikers back for next month's crucial World Cup qualifiers
England captain Steven Gerrard is looking forward to welcoming back some extra attackers for next month’s crucial World Cup qualifiers.
The Three Lions will host Montenegro and Poland at Wembley in October knowing that two wins will be enough to secure their place in Brazil next summer.
Both Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and Gerrard’s in-form Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge were missing for the games with Moldova and Ukraine this week and Danny Welbeck was suspended for the match in Kiev.
But with four weeks until the next games, Gerrard is confident the injured duo will be back along with Welbeck for the Group H showdown.
He said: "If we can get Rooney and Sturridge fit, they will be two big players for us.
“The stage is set for Daniel if he can get himself fit - he is in terrific form.
“They are the type of players you will need to break down the two teams we are coming up against.
"I think we lacked a little bit of a cutting edge in the final third against Ukraine, but that isn't a worry because there are some big players missing for England at the moment.”
England go into their final fixtures sitting on top of the group with their World Cup destiny in their own hands.
And with the home advantage of Wembley against Montenegro and Poland, who can both still secure their own qualification, Gerrard is confident that Roy Hodgson’s side can do the business.
"Our record is quite good at Wembley,” he added.
“We proved that by beating Brazil there so if we defend as we did against Ukraine and have a little bit more cutting edge in the final third, we will get there.
“I am really confident we can get the job done."
Tickets for the games at Wembley with Montenegro on Friday 11 October and Poland on Tuesday 15 October are on sale now, so get behind the Three Lions and book your tickets now.