Steven Gerrard: England Need Goals And Much More To Stay In World Cup

Skipper insists Three Lions have 'no excuses' after Group C stalemate.
England skipper Steven Gerrard has conceded that the team's performance in Friday's goalless draw with Algeria in Cape Town was not good enough.

An inept looking Three Lions huffed and puffed nervously through a drab game in which they offered little going forward.

Liverpool captain Gerrard was comprehensive in his assessment as to what was wrong and what needs to happen going forward if England are to stay in the World Cup.

"Goals [are what were lacking]. I'm not happy with the performance. We need more," he told ITV, immediately after the game.

"We want to stay in the tournament until the later stages. We need to improve.

"But we weren't good enough in the final third to get the breakthrough."

The England man also brushed off suggestions that the pressure of expectation had negatively affected the team's performance.

"No, not at all [the pressure of performing at a World Cup had not affected the team]. We've got no excuses," he added.

"We know the job we've got to go and do. We've got to go and win the last game.

"That adds more pressure but at this level you've got to handle it.

"You've got to play under pressure and we never hit our level today. Not good enough."

And there promises to be much analysis of the display at England's training camp over the next few days.

"I don't know [why England weren't good enough]. We'll have to have a look at the reasons why," he said.

"We weren't aggressive enough. We never won the ball back enough and we never had a cutting edge in the final third.

"We have to beat them [Algeria]. You have to give them credit. This is their World Cup final and they've managed to get a draw off us."

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