England captain Steven Gerrard says his side are ‘desperate’ to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Three Lions are yet to taste defeat in qualification, but despite them being in what appears to be a rather straightforward group, they have so far struggled to dominate their opponents and currently trail Montenegro with four games left, with some punters who bet on football tipping them to fall into the play-offs.
Qualifying, whether it be automatically or through the play-offs, is a must for England, especially with the 2014 World Cup already shaping up to be one of the best in the competition’s history.
The tournament is also likely to be a number of players last for the national side and they will understandably be desperate to finally fulfil the potential they that they have always promised but never really delivered on following a string of quarter-final disappointments.
Gerrard acknowledges that his side are in some danger of missing the championship, but says he’s desperate to lead his team to South America and that everyone in the squad will be doing all they can to make it through to what promises to be a true festival of football in Brazil.
"There's no getting away from it. It's a huge year for the FA, it's the 150-year anniversary and what they're doing for the game and putting back in,” the skipper said to football betting news reporters.
"In amongst that is a really big challenge ahead of us to qualify for probably the biggest World Cup there's going to be. There is no bigger place to have the World Cup than in Brazil, except for England for us players.
"We want to be there, we're desperate to be there and we're going to keep fighting all the way to the end, and give it everything we've got to get there."