Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ste's Raring to Go! ; Gerrard's Special Fitness Regime Means He Is Fired Up to Lead England- and He Wants a Pair of Victories

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ste's Raring to Go! ; Gerrard's Special Fitness Regime Means He Is Fired Up to Lead England- and He Wants a Pair of Victories

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STEVEN Gerrard admits he is benefiting from his own fitness and training programme as he challenged England to 'take control' of their World Cup destiny by defeating San Marino and Montenegro.

The England skipper endured a frustrating period when he was sidelined with niggling groin problems.

But, while Rio Ferdinand's fitness regime has overshadowed preparations for the World Cup two qualifiers, Gerrard says his have given him a new lease of life.

He has been a virtual ever present for Liverpool this season in addition to spearheading his country's hopes of reaching the 2014 finals in Brazil. Gerrard said: "I'm benefiting from my own training schedule, I'm playing games and feeling really good.

"Ninety per cent of the players I play with at Liverpool and England have a very similar programme to myself.

"Mine is certainly working at the moment and I'm feeling really good.

"Every player wants to play without niggles. That is how you can perform as high as you can.

"That's where I feel I am at the moment and I'm really pleased with my body.

"I had a frustrating period with my groins at one stage in which I missed a year's football - but I'm certainly making up for that now."

Gerrard admitted he was disappointed Ferdinand had withdrawn but refused to comment on the player's decision. "I don't think it's for me to comment. That's something for the manager to deal with to be honest. I just look at the players in the squad and worry about them players really.

"Of course it's disappointing Rio's not here, because he's a fantastic player and he's in top form, and it would've been nice for him to be here, but he's not, we move on without him and training's been really good."

England are currently two points adrift of group leaders Montenegro, whom they visit on Tuesday after tonight's clash away to minnows San Marino. …

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