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England captain Steven Gerrard has said that he is still on a “great high” after scoring the goal to confirm England’s place at next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, talkSPORT reports.
The Liverpool skipper scored in the dying minutes to ensure there would be no nail biting end to England’s qualifying campaign after Wayne Rooney put the side ahead against Poland earlier in the first half, meaning the 2-0 victory was enough to keep Roy Hodgson’s men top of the group.
And Gerrard insisted that the feeling that qualification gave him was hard to put into words, but he and the rest of the side must keep their feet on the ground before they head out to South America next summer.
“It’s a great feeling, I’m on a great high at the moment,” Gerrard said.
“It’s difficult to put into words the feeling you get when you see the ball hit the back of the net.
“All the pressure you’ve been under over the past couple of years, the pressure to qualify, it’s done. It was a feeling of great satisfaction.
“But it’s important to stay grounded and humble.
“We’ve got to Rio and congratulations to everyone for all their hard work, but we’ve got to keep improving and moving forward because it’s going to be a big challenge for this team in Brazil.”
England came through the qualifying round undefeated, recording six victories and four draws, and Gerrard heaped praise on the squad for their efforts throughout.
“It’s been journey of highs and lows,” the skipper added.
“We took a bit of criticism after a number of away results where we didn’t manage to win, but they were difficult games.
“We always knew having the two home games was going to be key and under the pressure we performed tremendously well.”