Updated: 20/06/2012 19:44 | By pa.press.net

Gerrard not taking Azzurri lightly



Steven Gerrard has warned against under-estimating Italy

Steven Gerrard has warned against under-estimating Italy

Captain Steven Gerrard has warned England that Italy will be no pushovers in Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final in Kiev.

Roy Hodgson's side have avoided a last-eight meeting with world and European champions Spain by finishing top of Group D. But Gerrard, man of the match in Tuesday night's 1-0 victory over co-hosts Ukraine, expects the Azzurri - who showed their quality by holding Spain to a draw earlier in the tournament - to provide a stern test.

"It was fantastic to top the group and we need to enjoy it now but then dust ourselves down because it will be a very tough game against the Italians," the Liverpool skipper said. "They are a very tough team to beat. They are good defensively, have got a fantastic keeper in (Gianluigi) Buffon, and they've also got match winners in the ranks."

He added:"They are similar to us and it will be a very close game. Let's not under-estimate them one little bit.

"But, if we get that bit of luck and play well, I'm confident we can do well."

Gerrard knows how significant the contribution of Wayne Rooney, who netted the winner against Ukraine, could be during the next 11 days if England are to lift their first silverware since 1966.

Rooney returned after a two-game suspension and converted Gerrard's right-wing cross early in the second period.

"Rooney is a fantastic player," Gerrard said. "I know how good he is and how important he is to our country and he showed it against Ukraine.

"There was a lot of pressure on him. He hasn't been playing much lately, and had the suspension, so credit to him for the way he performed. With more game time, he can only get even better."

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20/06/2012 20:24
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Anyone noticed, that gerrard is playing superb without his shadow frank lampard!
20/06/2012 20:14
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Gerrards found full fitness again and its about time, he is showing in this tournament what he is capable of, I think we can beat the Italians but only if Carroll and Rooney play. Carroll is more of a threat to the Azzurri than Welbeck, without a shadow of a doubt.

If Roy gets the selection right, we can do the job.

20/06/2012 20:40
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Gerrard has had an excellent tournament and seems to be getting better with each game. I think that Roy Hodgson has worked out how to get the most from him by deploying Scott Parker to do the dirty work.

 

And he is hardly going to lay into Rooney is he? He knows that team spirit is vital and so might Rooney be against Italy. These 2 players, along with Joe Hart, will probably be our most important if we are to beat Italy.

 

From a Man Utd fan .... Keep it up Gerrard !!!! 

20/06/2012 21:03
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Wishing you all the luck in the world Steve but you mustn't forget, you create your own luck by the way you play. You have played blinders the only reason we got to the top. Just show them all what you are made of and what you can do.
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Gerrard has made all the difference,his crosses for Lescott and Carroll to score are the highlight of the tournament so far he also asissted Rooney with a nod in.Frank lumpoflards greediness and all round poor play have always stifled Gerrards far supeior skills.Gerrard is the greatest ever most complete midfield player of alltime,he does everything brilliantly this is why hes managed to put the 2 best crosses in of the tournament as well as the best tackles and all round visionary skills.Oh and one more thing "Arry"seems to have vanished now England are doing well and Rios tweeting has suddenly stopped.Oh well might just be coincidence.
20/06/2012 21:00
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I think England need to go for the jugular in the next game, the ox on the left and Walcott on the right as Young and Milner have looked out of sorts. Playing Carrol and Wazza up front might work, but they need to keep the ball more and play with a higher line at the back. Come on England.
20/06/2012 23:50
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I see club football is coming into the discussion here, one doesn't like Rooney - because he plays for United - others don't like Gerrard because he plays for Liverpool. Get a grip and get behind your national team, what sort of patriots are you, a friggin' disgrace!!
20/06/2012 23:50
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i think we will win on sunday? providing they take milner and young out replace with carollup front rooney playing behind him wallcott on the right and chainberlain then it will leave gerrard to knock the ball upto wallcott and carroll should have the right balance to fire some goals in ? lets hope so.
20/06/2012 23:32
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Anyone got a Babel Fish??

Google translator gave up with that first post.

 

20/06/2012 23:27
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Don't know how he can say Rooney's fantastic, the team played well witout him, and if Caroll had been in the start line up, they'd have been 2 up by half time. WHY DID ROY CHANGE A WINNING TEAM

 

20/06/2012 23:04
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Amazing how its all changed. Dozens of idoits on here a few weeks ago saying Gerrard was finished have all gone back to their sess pits. You know who you are. Shame on you all. Yes little was expected and now we have a chance to reach the semis. With the rifght team (no welbeck) we can do it. carroll did more in 10 mins than he did in 80. Come on England
20/06/2012 22:36
20/06/2012 23:21
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if we going to win do not play milliner or rooney them two are **** replace them with theo and carroll 
21/06/2012 07:17
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with gerrard as captain we cant fail
21/06/2012 07:17
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with gerrard as captain we cant fail
21/06/2012 03:48
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Stephen mcnaly

Q.What do you call a scotsman in the euros ?

A.The referee

 

Well said Patrick.

Come on England

21/06/2012 08:11
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The only truth will come out on the pitch on Sunday. Almost all teams that eventually do well in international tournaments start off a bit weak and tentative but gradually pick-up speed and peak at the right time. I believe England are like that.

If the team really gets going, we can take Italy but Italy could also take England too, it will be a tense battle with not much in it I reckon, edge-of-the-seat stuff. That's why I love watching football - nobody knows for sure what will happen. Exciting - come on Stevie and the boys!

21/06/2012 15:33
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well its all over when we play italy..lol how cr@p we are playing..lol
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