England’s Roy Hodgson backs Steven Gerrard to recover from Liverpool disappointment

Steven Gerrard

England coach Roy Hodgson is confident that captain Steven Gerrard will give his all for his country in Brazil.

Liverpool’s heartbreak in the final week or so of the 2013-14 Premier League season may have left many England fans wondering if their captain Steven Gerrard will recover in time for the World Cup.

Everyone remembers how the 33-year-old called his teammates into a hurdle after the Reds’ 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Anfield in mid-April and urged them to give their all in the final weeks of the season.

But everyone also remembers how Gerrard slipped against Chelsea and saw his side lose 2-0 in front of The Kop just two weeks later, and how Brendan Rodgers’ team conceded three goals in the space of just 10 minutes to drop two vital points against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Liverpool had come so close to winning their first league title in the Premier League era, and there are many who believe that the Merseyside outfit may not get as good a chance again in the next few years. There have also been suggestions that Gerrard may struggle to recover after suffering such heartbreak.

However, England coach Roy Hodgson insists that his captain will pick himself up and will be ready to give his all for his country in Brazil. The Three Lions will head into South America as not one of the favourites, with many suggesting that they may not even get out of their group, but the 66-year-old believes that Gerrard has a “very strong" mentality and will be eager to lead England to World Cup glory.

‘He's had to swallow the disappointment of the last few weeks when he was close and had it taken away, and now he's got the World Cup’, The Guardian quotes Hodgson as saying. ‘He's got to get over that disappointment and get his World Cup head on and I know he will. He's very strong mentally... That's not to say that he won't retain a bit of disappointment that Liverpool came second and not first. But I have great confidence in him that he won't take any negative thoughts into the tournament with us’.

At 33, the tournament in Brazil is probably the last chance for Gerrard to taste international success with England. Having been a loyal servant for the Three Lions since 2000, the Liverpool veteran will be determined to take his country all the way.

Whether or not England can achieve success in Brazil is open to debate, but one thing’s for sure: Gerrard will give his all for England.

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