England skipper says Sturridge and Rooney partnership can fire Three Lions to Brazil
is convinced Daniel Sturridge
and Wayne Rooney
can be the perfect strike partnership and fire England into the World Cup.
Neither frontman was available for last month's crucial trip to Ukraine, and in their absence England were unable to find a way through the home side's solid defences, although the point won in the 0-0 draw did maintain the Three Lions unbeaten qualification record.
Victory in the upcoming matches against Montenegro on Friday and Poland on Tuesday, however, is imperative if Roy Hodgson's men are to advance to the finals in Brazil without the need for a play-off.
The worst-case scenario is that they find themselves eliminated altogether – but with the attacking options available, in particular the in-form Rooney and Sturridge, Gerrard has every faith England will get the required results.
“The potential in that partnership is frightening,” said Gerrard. "They are both very skilful, they can both create and they can both score. All the boxes are ticked.
"They just have to prove they can make it happen. That is the most difficult thing but I have belief in both of them."
Sturridge has been in scintillating form for Liverpool this season, scoring eight goals, and Gerrard says he can get even better.
"I have no hesitation in saying he has the potential to be world class. He is that good.
"The key for Daniel was to have a manager who believed in him, play him every game and build a team around him that gave him a platform to prove he is a top player.
"So far, so good. But what he has produced at Liverpool everyone is waiting (for) with England.
"Hopefully that is what we see over the next seven or eight days."
Having made his debut back in May 2000 and with over 100 caps to his name, Gerrard is a veteran of the international scene, but he knows just how big these upcoming matches are.
It doesn't come any bigger," said Gerrard. "We are all going to be judged over the next week on whether we get to the World Cup or not.
"We all realise the pressure is huge. And in that pressure cooker, we need to produce, perform and deliver."