World Cup: England captain Steven Gerrard insists full focus is on beating Poland

Image: Steven Gerrard: Set to pick up 99th England cap against Poland on Tuesday

Steven Gerrard has played down talk of edging closer to a century of England caps and says his full focus is on winning tonight's World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Rooney praise

Gerrard was impressed with Wayne Rooney's first competitive match as captain against San Marino on Friday when he netted twice in a 5-0 win, but insists he has no intention of giving up the armband lightly. He said: "Wayne did a good job, we got three points, he played well himself, he scored twice, he behaved himself, it was all good. "But I'm hoping he will have to wait a while (to become full-time captain). I'm really enjoying the role. "I had to wait a long time for it to come to me. I want to enjoy it before I pass it over." Gerrard concedes that the young talent emerging in the squad is ensuring he plays at his best to keep his place. He said: "It is great for English football that we are producing these players. "They are the players that are keeping the likes of myself on my toes. "I know I've got to keep a consistency in my game at this level to stay in the team. "All the experienced players are aware of that."
Big miss
Gerrard is confident England can overcome the recent retirement of former skipper John Terry. He said: "I would agree to a certain extent that he is a big miss because he is a fantastic player who has been a fantastic servant to Chelsea and England. "But we've all moved on from John's decision because we have to respect it and hopefully we've got other good players who will step in and do a good job as well, Lescott, Cahill and Jagielka etc. "We are not short in that area and hope John is not missed too much."

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