I Try To Learn From Former France Legend Zinedine Zidane - Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard

Scouse skipper reveals sources of inspiration...
Liverpool's talismanic captain Steven Gerrard has named legendary World Cup winning attack-minded midfielder Zinedine Zidane, and former England international Paul Gascoigne as two of the most gifted footballers he has seen.

The 29-year-old revealed he marvelled at the Frenchman's skill and tried to learn from him.

"My favourite player of all time is Zinedine Zidane.  Just to see him play - the way he moves, the way he controls the ball, the way he passes - is an absolute privilege and there's so much you can learn from that guy, he's a genius with the ball," Gerrard told Fifa's official website.

"From an England point of view, there is Gazza. I like watching gifted players who are skilful, and Gazza is probably one of the most skilful English players there's even been, so I would pick those two."

Gerrard went on to speak about England's chances at the World Cup in South Africa this summer. After missing a penalty during a shoot-out with Portugal four years ago, Gerrard claims he will be ready this summer to convert a spot-kick.

"I think, having missed the penalty, I'll probably be a bit more composed next time and take my time a bit more," he said.

"I'll work that little bit harder in training to make sure I know what I'm going to be doing. It all happened really fast in 2006 and I felt after the penalties that I should have taken my time more."

He continued: "It is massive pressure, but that's what we've got to do, we've got to try and handle that pressure. I didn't handle it in 2006, so if I'm put in that situation again I will try and deal with the pressure a lot better.

"But it's difficult, it's not like taking a normal penalty in practice - you've got so much responsibility.

"You know all the fans back home are watching and when you're tired, when you're under so much pressure, that's when mistakes happen and that's what happened to me in 2006."

Furthermore, the Reds leader claimed one of greatest challenges for the Three Lions camp will be handling the burden of expectation placed onto them by the fans and the British press.

"As players, we have to deal with the expectations and the pressure of playing for England," he added.

"The supporters and media are very passionate about the country and a lot is expected of us. It's important that we, as players, cope with that in the best way we can."

There has been a shift in the mentality of the squad, Gerrard claims, and Fabio Capello has been fundamental to the self-belief that is now existent.

"He'll [Capello] bring many qualities to the team," said Gerrard. "He's a winner; he's got an unbelievable amount of experience and has enjoyed a remarkable amount of success.

"He's transmitting a winning mentality to the team, so fingers crossed that will stand us in good stead for the tournament."