Gerrard excited by Brazil

  • Tuesday, 05 February, 2013
  • England captain Steven Gerrard in action against Sweden on the night of his 100th cap
  • England Men's Senior Player of the Year Steven Gerrard with his award.

England skipper Steven Gerrard looking forward to facing five-time World Champions

England captain Steven Gerrard is looking forward to kicking off The FA's 150th anniversary celebrations against Brazil with a win and hopes it will aid qualification to the 2014 World Cup finals.

The midfielder is due to win his 101st cap at Wembley on Wednesday night and is aware a good display will boost morale ahead of the March qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

He said: "The FA have produced some fantastic fixtures for us this year and they are ones that whet the appetite as a player.

"Brazil are fantastic opposition and it doesn't matter that it is a friendly because we want to win and go into the qualifiers in March in fine form."

England Manager Roy Hodgson added he will use the match to help him find the best team possible to try and reach the finals in Brazil next year.

He said: "This is another step along the way and a great way to start 2013 and our 150th anniversary.

"We will do our very best to play well and get a result so that come March we know what our best team is and what players play best together.

"If we can beat Brazil in the opening game and again in the Maracana in June and qualify for the finals then life is good for us.

"The only way to do that is by producing performances on the field. I get more and more confident the more I see these players that they have the ability to produce."

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