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24.7.06

Steven Gerrard's ambitions

He is a great midfielder and one of the best players in the English football. And Steven Gerrard knows that. That's why he doesn't hide his ambition to be captain of England. In fact, he's happy to put that on hold and win the Premier League title as captain of Liverpool.

With new England coach Steve McClaren expected to choose Chelsea's John Terry to take David Beckham's bracelet as captain, Gerrard won't feel snubbed if it turns out that way.

"I want to say that if John Terry got the England captaincy I'd shake his hand and wish him all the best," Gerrard told reporters. "He's a fantastic captain for Chelsea. There are other candidates out there as well and we'll have to wait and see who Steve McClaren decides to go with."

"I'm really flattered to be involved in it, but I'm not going to use the media to push myself forward for the captaincy. I think it's Steve McClaren's decision. I'd love to captain the country. I've experienced it before and it's an amazing feeling, but my main priority at the moment is being Liverpool captain."

As we know, Gerrard, who scored 20 goals from midfield last season, has a relatively rare combination of talent with inspirational ability.

We must remember that it was Gerrard's header that started Liverpool's rally from a 3-0 deficit in the 2005 European Champions League final against AC Milan, when the team went on to win on penalties and claim the trophy for the fifth time.

It was Gerrard's 30-yard shot at the start of injury time that levelled last season's FA Cup final at 3-3 against West Ham United. And Liverpool also won that match on penalties.

One year ago, however, Liverpool almost lost Gerrard to Chelsea, but he decided to stay at Anfield. Without him, the team would not have finished third in the Premier League and won the cup.

But now his ambition is to win the league and a sixth title for Liverpool in Europe's most prestigious tournament.

"I think we've got a really good chance," he said. "I'm realistic to say that it's going to be difficult to win the league this year. Maybe Chelsea have strengthened again, Manchester United have, so have Arsenal and there's always two or three teams who are knocking on the door for those top four places. But we also need to keep improving on our form last year.

"We must believe and have the confidence that we can go and get involved in the title race. Otherwise it's pointless. We've got to have that belief. Only then we will do it".

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