Steven Gerrard says there was an over-reaction to England's draw in Montenegro
Steven Gerrard says he believes the reaction to England’s result with Montenegro last month was ‘harsh’.
The Three Lions were held to a 1-1 draw in Podgorica, following a disappointing second-half display.
But England captain Gerrard feels the response was an over-reaction after warning before the game how difficult Montenegro would be to play against.
Speaking at the Soccerex Euro Forum in Manchester, Gerrard said: “In the build-up to the game, all of the questions that I answered were about how this team were going to be tough because they have world class players and the atmosphere was going to be really intimidating.
“People didn’t realise how tough the game was going to be.
“We played really well in the first half and controlled the game so we should have gone on and won the game comfortably.
“We need to take that on the chin and move on.
“We’ve still got to take the criticism when it comes along when we don’t perform as well as we can against these teams, so we accept that.”
With England hosting Montenegro at Wembley later this year they still have chance to top Group E and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
And the Liverpool midfielder still believes that the Montenegro result could be looked upon as a good one for Roy Hodgson’s men.
He added: “When we look back on the campaign, hopefully when we become group winners, we look back at the point against Montenegro and say it was a really good point.
“It is daunting and you fear the challenge if you can see yourself in danger of not qualifying.
“It’s a huge year for The FA and what they’re doing for the game and putting back in.
“But in and amongst that, we’ve got a massive qualifier for probably the biggest World Cup that there’s going to be.
“There’s no bigger place to have a World Cup except England for us players, so we want to be there and we’re desperate to be there and we’ll keep fighting all the way to the end.”