Saturday June 7 2014
Gerrard: England more confident

England captain Steven Gerrard has claimed that the squad are much more confident going into this World Cup than the last.

Four years ago, with Fabio Capello in charge, the Three Lions struggled to get out of a group consisting of Algeria, USA and Slovenia – before being thrashed 4-1 by Germany in the Last 16.

But the Liverpool midfielder has insisted that his side are in much ruder health this time around with Roy Hodgson leading them to Brazil.

“It feels different and the lads are smiling and enjoying training,” he told reporters before their friendly with Honduras on Saturday.

“Without a doubt it's much healthier.

“Maybe four years ago we weren't in this mood. We weren't as confident as we are but we know we'll be judged on results. We have to go and perform.

“This group of players is great to be around, it is much more enjoyable.

“We want players like Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley to be able to come into an atmosphere where they're comfortable, so they can perform like they have done for their clubs.”