Yossi Benayoun has described Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard as the best player in the world.

The Israel international said: "I think Steven Gerrard is the best midfielder in the world, so it is very important for England that he will play.

"I hope he does, because like everyone you want to see him playing. He is the main player for England, but they have a lot of good players and it will be hard for us.

"I do not know how much pain Gerrard has but from what I know of him, he will do everything to play for England."