Capello rules out defensive role for Liverpool ace Gerrard

England coach Fabio Capello has ruled out Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard playing a defensive role at the World Cup.

England coach Fabio Capello has ruled out Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard playing a defensive role at the World Cup.

Gerrard has been mentioned as cover for injured Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry.

"Steven is really dangerous when he gets close to the box," Capello said. "If he has to play in the same position as the other midfielders he is good, but he is too far from the box.

"He has to get between two lines, the back four and the midfield. That is where you go to shoot.

"I am lucky because his performance level is always high, but while I like to go forward you always need a holding player in front of the back four.

"Twice against Mexico they got the ball in front of the goal. This position is really important."

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