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Spain's success in the European Championships last summer and their style of play are things that should be emulated by the Three Lions...

Steven Gerrard believes that England must look to Spain to see how good they have to be in order to have a chance of winning any silverware in the next few years.

The Liverpool captain has been inspired by the way that the European champions play their short passing game and hopes that the Three Lions can use that as inspiration.

England face Kazakhstan this weekend and know that winning both that game and the match against Andorra next week would virtually book them a place in the World Cup Finals next summer.

Spain will be one of the favourites in South Africa in 2010 and Gerrard hopes that England can be up there alongside them by raising their game in the next 12 months.

"How far are England off the likes of Spain? It is difficult to say how far but it is certainly clear Spain are the benchmark for this team," he told reporters at a press conference.

"Spain have got to be massive favourites for South Africa, the way they have been playing of late, and how well they played against us.

"I think it was a good thing we played them to get an idea of how good they are so we know how much we need to improve from now to South Africa."

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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