Described as one of England’s greatest midfielders in history, Steven Gerrard enters his third World Cup in succession. One of the most experienced in the team, Gerrard has shown he’s capable of driving his team to victory by force of will and no lack of creative talent. The Liverpool player’s main task will be to protect the back four but don’t rule him out as a potential money-spinner on individual match goalscorer and assist betting markets.
When it comes to experience in English football, Gerrard has it in abundance thanks to over 100 caps for the national squad, the massively respected England captain having also scored 21 goals for his country prior to their final 2014 World Cup preparations.
Gerrard’s honours list reads a fine footballing story, including two FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, one Champions League, one UEFA Cup, and two Super Cups all for his home side, Liverpool.
His loyalty towards the Anfield club has seen him play at no other side since his 1998 debut, and has since represented England since 2000. Gerrard’s goal-scoring record is just as impressive, having surpassed 100 goals for Liverpool as he also passes 450 starts in 2014 for the club.
Gerrard scored his first international goal in the famous 5–1 victory over Germany during a 2002 World Cup qualifier in September 2001, but was forced out of the main event’s squad due to injuries. He made his World Cup debut therefore in 2006, and scored two goals in five appearances to be England’s top scorer despite being one of three players to miss crucial penalties as Portugal ended the Three Lions’ dreams in the quarter-finals.
Gerrard started England’s 2010 in style against the USA with the first of just three goals all tournament in the four matches and, any injuries aside, will appear in Roy Hodgson’s squad once again during the summer of 2014 having scoring two goals in his nine World Cup qualifying match appearances.
Steven Gerrard World Cup Betting Tips
England’s top World Cup scorer in 2006, but as tempting as his betting odds might be, it’s difficult to see him claiming that accolade again in Brazil 2014 when you look at the Group D fixtures ahead. Gerrard’s passing ability and set piece play are likely to see him involved in the sharp end of play and he’s a good candidate for individual match goalscorer, assist and man of the match markets.