Steven Gerrard to Stay On As England Captain - Euro Final

 

Steven Gerrard, England

‘I think performance wise I am reasonably satisfied but it still doesn’t crack over the pain and hurt.

‘I’m in a zone of frustration and disappointment because we came so close to ending the quarter-final hoodoo.

The Three Lions have left their Krakow base after Sunday night’s agonising quarter-final defeat and are heading home from the European Championships following their penalty shootout heartbreak at the hands of Italy.

‘I’ve loved every minute of it. I gave it my best shot. I’ve had a brief chat with the manager, I’m available as long as I’m wanted at this level. The manager has told me he wants me to continue and carry on.’

‘I think the supporters will agree that we played for the shirt and we gave it a lot of effort.’

‘At times the football hasn’t been fantastic, we haven’t blown people away.

‘The possession stats speak for themselves. Moving forward as a nation we do need to improve with the ball.’

‘Everyone has given everything they’ve got and that’s all you can ask for,’ he added. ‘I think we’ve performed to a better level at this competition than in previous tournaments.’

England manager Roy Hodgson hopes his side can make enough progress to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they face Italy on Thursday.

‘We have to keep working hard to bridge any gap that might exist at the moment between ourselves and teams like Spain and Germany,’ said Hodgson.

‘We saw with the German team at the 2006 world Cup they went into the finals highly unfancied with a new coach and with a lot of new young players.

‘We’ve seen how well they’ve kicked on from 2006. We have to take heart from that. I like to think there’s good reason for optimism.’

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