England captain Steven Gerrard admits he is nervous ahead of his chance to win his 100th international cap in the friendly against Sweden.
The 32-year-old made his England debut against Ukraine in May 2000 and now stands on the verge of becoming just the sixth player to reach a century of games for England.
Gerrard will follow in the footsteps of record-holder Peter Shilton, Bobby Moore, Sir Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright and most recently David Beckham.
The Liverpool midfielder was named as the national side’s captain by Roy Hodgson and was the only member of the England team to make the Euro 2012 squad of the tournament.
However, despite his senior role in the international squad, Gerrard has admitted to feeling extra levels of excitement and nervousness ahead of the game, and was keen to stress he still has a lot to offer the national team.
Gerrard told reporters: “I’m excited. I’m slightly nervous, which I haven’t been for quite a while in an England shirt, maybe because there is a bit more attention on me getting to the milestone.
“It’s very exciting and I can’t wait for the game to start.
“I try to be the driving force, try and make things happen on the pitch, get assists, get goals and try to lead by example for the rest of the team to follow.
“My England journey has been full of ups and downs, probably the same as a lot of other England players, but I feel like there’s a few more chapters to write as well.
“I don’t feel as if I am coming to the end. I’m really happy where I am at the moment and really happy with my form in an England shirt.
“I’m certainly looking forward to helping this team qualify for the World Cup.”
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