Gerrard 'humbled' by prospect of equalling Bobby Moore's record

The England skipper is flattered by the likelihood of matching the legendary skipper's caps total on Tuesday night but is keen to keep his focus on the fixture itself
England captain Steven Gerrard says he is "humbled" by the possibility of equalling the number of international appearances made by World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore in Tuesday’s meeting with Germany at Wembley.

Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson named the skipper in his prospective starting XI for the game in Monday's press conference, and Gerrard's likely 108th international appearance will take him not only level with Moore but also just 17 appearances short of the all-time record currently held by Peter Shilton.

"I'm really humbled and flattered to get to 108 caps alongside Bobby Moore,” Gerrard reporters. “To equal his record is a fantastic achievement; my family and I are very proud.

"I'm very proud and slightly embarrassed as well – you are talking about a World Cup winner and an iconic figure, someone who was a hero to everyone in the country.”

The 33-year-old, though, was keen not to let his own milestone overshadow the team’s preparations for Tuesday’s showpiece game and was not shy of praising the strength in depth of Joachim Lowe’s squad.

"For me, the important thing is to try to get the right result against Germany,” he added. “Then I can look back on [the appearance] with fond memories.

"Every time you play against Germany you want to win the game. I don't think tomorrow is about revenge, or trying to put right what went wrong [in the 2010 World Cup]. We want to win the game, keep trying to improve and try to build on the recent performances against Montenegro and Poland.

"They have got a crop of very young, attacking, exciting players who people like watching. I've been watching a lot of their players in the Champions League this year. Where they have strengthened is that they have got more options, maybe two top players in every position."

Another player named by Hodgson as part of his starting XI was Gerrard’s club-mate Daniel Sturridge, whose fine form has barely lapsed since his January move to Liverpool and currently sits joint-top of the Premier League’s goalscoring charts with eight goals from 10 appearances.

Gerrard, having worked closely with Sturridge with both Liverpool and England, was eager to talk up the striker’s ability and believes it is only a matter of time before he is widely recognised as a top-level forward.

"I was surprised Chelsea let him go," he admitted. "I had seen flashes of Daniel at Manchester City and also Chelsea and really liked what I saw.

"But now I have worked with him at close quarters on a daily basis, in the games for Liverpool and England, I'm a huge fan.

"The stage is set for Daniel to go and prove to everyone that he is a top-class forward. He's certainly got the talent and ability to do it."