Ahead of England's friendlies with Chile and Germany, captain Steven Gerrard has been trotted out before the media, and he has given an exclusive interview to the Mail's Dominic King.
Gerrard touches on a range of subjects, including Liverpool's strikers, Sir Alex Ferguson's book and England retirement.
Looking to England, Gerrard is not obsessed with passing David Beckham's record for an outfield player of 115 caps, but he has a desire to achieve something special with the national side.
King has the quotes:
107 caps isn’t bad for someone who isn’t “a top, top player”, is it? I never expected to get that amount of caps. When I made my debut, I set myself the personal target of trying to get 50 caps and score 10 goals if I could. So to have 107 is something I am really proud of, particularly being among those names.
I’m not looking at Shilton or Beckham. Passing Bobby Moore would be the next one. To go past him, after everything he did, would be unbelievable. But the dream would be to come away from a tournament and everyone back home is proud of the team.
To be clapped home would be amazing. But it will only happen if we go past the quarter-final. It is not about me passing Bobby Moore, Peter Shilton or David Beckham. To think about that would be very self-centred. I am not that type of person.
For me the ambition is this: can I help get the team past a quarter-final? I haven’t really thought about what I will do after the World Cup. It is all about going to enjoy this World Cup.
The "top, top player" quip was a reference to Ferguson's criticism of Gerrard in his book. It would appear that the Liverpool captain is not fazed by the comments or the storm they whipped up.
Listen, he’s entitled to his opinion. I’m a fan of his; he is one of the best managers in the world. I won’t lose any sleep over it.
Throughout my career I have had praise from all types of people—including him—and I am not vain enough to take it all. I have had some unbelievable praise from him and he tried to buy me, certainly on one occasion. Maybe even two.
Liverpool sit second in the Premier League, and Gerrard feels that with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in the team, there is real reason for optimism at Anfield.
I have always played with one top forward through my career here. Now there are two main men and it is great.
I will be honest and say that at the start, I wasn’t sure whether it would work. But it has clicked without much work in training. I’m excited as I think it can get better.
It’s not all positive for Gerrard, though, as the Star’s Duncan Wright claims the 33-year-old is out of England’s clash with Chile on account of a hip injury.