Gerrard inspires England
By Al Campbell
Updated Wednesday, 12th September 2007
Steve McClaren expects Steven Gerrard to inspire England tonight.Gerrard will again play in his favoured central midfield role for England against Russia tonight and McClaren is confident the Liverpool captain can play an influential part and inspire the side.
"We have given Steven Gerrard the freedom to go and be an inspiration and to give us what he gives Liverpool week in week out. And I think he's delivering that," said the England manager.
"Sometimes you have to make brave decisions and we just felt it was a decision we had to make.
"I don't think he's ever been wasted. He's always been a top player wherever he's played. But I just think he gives more to our team playing in the middle.
"I have just tried to get the best out of him. I think that's the key to what we are all trying to do, to get inside the person and put him on the pitch where's he's most comfortable and where he'll give his best performance.
"Steven was given the opportunity and he has relished it and taken it. It didn't happen by chance, things evolve.
"When you see Stevie G play and train he is the one player that is a great passer, can unlock doors, can win a game in a split second. And they are key players in anybody's team."